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Estate planning, wills and succession lawyers

Make your wishes clear with help from our dedicated private client lawyers. Whether you are aiming to protect family assets, navigate cross-border tax issues or benefit a cause close to your heart, we will discuss your priorities, advise on options and put a plan in place.

We have been acting for successful people and their families for more than a century. We work with families down the generations, and we know how important succession planning is to them.

Nobody feels particularly excited at the prospect of making a will, but once it's complete you can feel reassured that you have certainty as to what will happen to your family and assets in the future. As a private client firm, we always take a bespoke approach, helping you to structure your wills and trusts according to your particular needs and objectives. You may for example wish to give to charity in a tax-efficient way, or to prevent the next generation from inheriting too much, too soon. Our wills and estate planning lawyers can also help to create structures to protect family assets from creditor or divorce claims against heirs.
 
The law on succession varies enormously from country to country, but with 150 will lawyers worldwide, we can offer sophisticated advice on how to minimize taxes and risk, while maximizing flexibility for the family. This may involve lifetime gifts, living wills, post-mortem estate planning and inter-generational transfer of wealth.

Our team of will solicitors includes recognized leaders in UK and US tax and estate planning, elder law, probate, landed estates, philanthropy and trusts. We have a particular strength in issues related to the UK and US, with a team which has one of the largest number of US-qualified lawyers in London, as well as a presence in Hong Kong and Singapore. In addition, we have lawyers qualified in Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan; lawyers well-versed on Italian succession; and Russian lawyers, who frequently advise families from Asia, Russia and the CIS.
 

Lifetime planning

A common goal of lifetime planning is to pass on assets in an orderly way and to minimize any inheritance tax burden. Whether you wish to make lifetime gifts in the form of money, real estate, shares, artwork or other assets, our private client solicitors can advise on how to do so in a tax-efficient way. Good lifetime planning can also ease the succession process and certain structures can be created to assist with this. It is also our job to stress-test your lifetime planning to ensure that there are no unpleasant surprises later on. 

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Anisha Ramanathan

Anisha Ramanathan

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Anisha Ramanathan

Partner | Hong Kong

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Alessia Paoletto

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Alessia Paoletto

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Amanda A. Rottermund

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Bertie Hoskyns-Abrahall

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Ceri Vokes

Partner | London

Ceri Vokes

Partner | London

Private client and tax

Claire Harris

Claire Harris

Partner | London

Claire Harris

Partner | London

Private client and tax

Charlie Tee

Charlie Tee

Partner | London

Charlie Tee

Partner | London

Private client and tax

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Christopher Groves

Partner | London

Christopher Groves

Partner | London

Private client and tax

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