In a shrinking world, if you live, work or have assets abroad, you need clear legal advice with an international focus. Whether dealing with UK immigration law, or buying a Scottish property from overseas, or seeking international tax advice, or guidance on expat divorce, we have the expertise and resources you need. Our Designed for Life service means our whole team is here to help you make the best decisions, wherever you are.
Many expats living and working abroad still wish to deal with family law matters back home in the UK, rather than have an overseas divorce. At Morton Fraser, we are experienced in advising both Scottish and English expats in matters of international divorce. We also advise international families on pre-nuptial agreements.
We have significant experience advising clients based overseas who are looking to move to the UK. Our specialist team will help you identify the best immigration route to fit your long term plans, and later we can help you with visa extensions, applications for indefinite leave to remain and becoming a British citizen.
When you move to the UK you may want to buy a property, get advice about the tax implications of your move or set up a will for your assets in the UK. As a client of Morton Fraser you will have access to a range of experts who can help you with any legal issue.
In today's global society, many individuals have an international aspect to their affairs on account of where they or their families live and/or where their assets are based. Our experienced team understands the tax and succession issues which affect individuals who have chosen to live or work in a different country or who have assets in different jurisdictions. As well as advising on domicile and tax (to include UK income, capital gains and inheritance tax), we will prepare legal documents such as Scottish Wills, trusts and Powers of Attorney and help you plan ahead. We will give you peace of mind that you and your family are protected.
There are many reasons why an international client may need advice from a Scottish property lawyer and whatever the reason, there is a lot to consider, particularly in relation to tax and succession as well as the practical and regulatory issues. It's important that a non UK resident who is considering buying, selling or transferring a residential property in Scotland consults a property lawyer experienced in advising international clients. Our experienced team will assist not only with the property process but also with the associated practical issues such as how to source trades assistance or deal with the handover of keys if you are not in the country at the time of a completion. In the case of a property purchase, we will discuss with you how best to structure your purchase (for example individual ownership or company ownership) and outline any UK and Scottish tax implications which may arise.