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Beneficiaries and heirs

Whatever you have inherited, and wherever it is in the world, our leading team of lawyers has the knowledge and experience to help. We advise on everything from protecting the value of an asset, to managing the tax implications and resolving any disputes.
Some of the key questions facing you as the beneficiary of an estate are how to deal with the tax liabilities, how to protect and preserve the legacy for the future and how best to deal with any contested claims on the estate.

Regardless of whether the bequest consists of land and property, a business, cultural assets, a financial endowment or a mixture of several of these, you will want to know how best to safeguard the value of it. We are proud to act for new wealth creators as well as generations of successful families since we were founded in 1896. As a result, there are few issues we have not encountered and advised on.

Managing tax liabilities

Gift tax, estate tax, transfer taxes, wealth taxes and other forms of capital tax could all be due on an estate, depending on the circumstances. Our international team is one of the leading groups for advising on the structuring of estates to manage tax. Trusts and foundations are hugely useful for efficient wealth and succession planning if they are properly set up and managed and, we can provide a truly global perspective.

Resolving inheritance disputes

Succession disputes are unfortunately all too common, and it is frequently the case that the larger the estate in question, the more sources of contention tend to emerge. We have one of the largest international teams dedicated to dealing with such issues as they arise, or with such disputes where no internal resolution is possible. International inheritance fights can be particularly complex and must be handled very carefully to avoid a host of unwanted and unforeseen consequences. Using tools such as prenuptial and postnuptial agreements are also effective ways of ensuring that an estate is protected.

Philanthropic purpose

When you have secured your bequest, you may want to give some thought to ways in which it can be used to benefit your community and others around the world. We can advise you on the variety of options for establishing a philanthropic enterprise and the right way to structure your giving to avoid triggering punitive legal and financial implications.

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Kwong Wing Leon

Kwong Wing Leon

Partner, Withers KhattarWong* | Singapore

Kwong Wing Leon

Partner, Withers KhattarWong* | Singapore

Private client and tax

Louis R. Piscatelli

Louis R. Piscatelli

Partner | New Haven

Louis R. Piscatelli

Partner | New Haven

Private client and tax

Lian Fang

Lian Fang

Partner | New York

Lian Fang

Partner | New York

Private client and tax

Ceri Vokes

Ceri Vokes

Partner | London

Ceri Vokes

Partner | London

Private client and tax

Patricia Milner

Patricia Milner

Partner | London

Patricia Milner

Partner | London

Private client and tax

Rebecca L. O'Toole

Rebecca L. O'Toole

Partner | San Diego

Rebecca L. O'Toole

Partner | San Diego

Private client and tax

Stephen Richards

Stephen Richards

Partner | London

Stephen Richards

Partner | London

Trust, estate and inheritance disputes

Stacy Choong

Stacy Choong

Partner, Withers KhattarWong* | Singapore

Stacy Choong

Partner, Withers KhattarWong* | Singapore

Private client and tax

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