Wills, Tax and Trusts

FSP's Wills, Trusts and Estates team is highly experienced and recognised for providing high quality advice in all private client matters, including Wills, Inheritance Tax planning, Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection matters and Estate and Trust administration.

Overview

We offer a high quality, professional, personal service for individuals and are able to advise on the full range of private client matters.

Our lawyers are highly experienced with a proven track record in providing professional advice in an approachable and sympathetic way on all aspects of Will drafting, Inheritance Tax planning and Capital Gains Tax planning. We also advise on the setting up of trusts and other planning options to achieve asset protection and tax effective solutions for our clients.

We also advise on the preparation and registration of Lasting Powers of Attorney (including both Property and Financial Affairs LPAs and Health and Welfare LPAs), the registration of Enduring Powers of Attorney, Deputyship applications, Court of Protection matters and work with our Contentious Probate team where Wills or Powers of Attorney are disputed or when claims are made against estates.

We deal with all aspects of estate and trust administration, including applying for Probate and completing all Inheritance Tax reporting on behalf of executors and trustees. We also advise executors and trustees on their obligations and act for them throughout the process of administering family estates and trusts.

We take time to consider and understand your individual circumstances, as well as providing advice that is tailored to your needs. Furthermore we help to consider possibilities that may arise in the future and ensure the advice that we give is comprehensive and flexible.

Featured experience

The team is highly experienced in advising individuals, couples, families and business owners on their personal legal matters.

We advise clients on a daily basis on the options available to them when making their Wills, including drafting simple Wills where required, but also advising and drafting Wills containing trusts where asset protection and/or tax planning is needed. This has involved the team successfully ensuring that assets are protected under clients’ Wills from risks such as a beneficiary subsequently divorcing, as well as to ensure that funds are preserved in trust for vulnerable beneficiaries where appropriate. We also advise clients on all Inheritance Tax and Capital Gains Tax matters with a particular focus on completing Inheritance Tax planning for clients, and have achieved successful results for many clients over the years.

Our professional advice to clients on Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) in particular, has in many cases ensured that the families of our clients have been able to make financial decisions and health decisions on behalf of our clients when they have suffered illness or in worst cases mental incapacity.

This careful planning on Wills, LPAs and Inheritance Tax planning has enabled us to achieve positive results for many clients to protect their personal and business interests.

Finally, our extensive experience in dealing with the administration of large and small estates enables us to advise executors and families throughout the process of administering a person’s estate. We have administered highly complex estates and trusts involving wide ranging assets such as major property portfolios, companies, international assets with successful results to maximise the inheritance for beneficiaries. This experience enables us to advise clients throughout the Probate and Inheritance Tax reporting process to reach the stage of distributing the estate to the beneficiaries.

"The Wills, Trusts and Estates team at FSP is very professional, knowledgeable and understanding."