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Wills and succession planning

Succession planning

Succession planning can take place during your lifetime, or at the time of your death.

There are two main aspects to the process.

  • How do you make sure that your assets pass to the people you want, at the time you want?
  • Do you need to think about a more detailed strategy, in order to protect your beneficiaries, and to save tax?

We work with clients in both of these matters, and can put in place one off documents like a Will, or work with you over a number of years to implement a more involved strategy.

Ellen Fraser

Ellen Fraser

Stuart and I adore having the family around. I love it that they all feel they can come back to us. Change is in the air though. Plus, I’d like to take my antique business to the next level.

Clear advice

You need to think about succession to your estate.  If you don't, the law of Scotland will determine what is to happen to your assets.  The default legal position may not necessarily be what you want to happen.

The laws of England and Scotland are different, and if you are moving between countries, you should make sure that your advice is up to date.

Benefits we bring

Succession planning can be a stressful thing to do.  You might not be able to see how you can provide for your beneficiaries in the way you would like.  We will guide you through the process efficiently, and help you with the difficult areas.

Our approach is to familiarise ourselves with our clients’ circumstances and objectives and always provide clear, thorough advice. As important as your Will, is how you get to that point, and what you need to think about to get your affairs in order.  It's all about planning, for if you don't and you don't have a Will, the State will tell you what has to happen to your assets. If you have a large estate, Inheritance Tax (and other taxes) can be saved if you structure your affairs correctly. You also need to appoint Executors to sort out your estate when you die. And we can help you decide who would be best suited for this.

We can get this done very quickly for you, allowing you to get on with your life.

Our approach to fees

We want to provide our clients with fixed fees.  That can be quite difficult to do unless we properly understand your individual circumstances, and what we need to do for you.  We don't want to compromise the work we do for you or the service we deliver, by offering a headline grabbing fee quote, which we don't then deliver on.

Our approach to feeing is therefore to meet with you, and to establish your objectives.  The cost of this meeting, which will include a review of your assets, succession planning and your tax situation, will be £270 + VAT.  The cost of this meeting will be deducted from any fee for work which follows..

At this meeting, we will provide you with an estimated fee for carrying out the work, and we will not go ahead with that work unless you have approved that fee quote.