Alison Craggs Senior Associate - S&T - Thames Valley

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Contact Details

“Very thorough and efficient.”

Legal 500 2017

“The high level of service from Alison Craggs.”

Mr W Oxfordshire
Alison advises clients on the best structure for their Wills, prepares powers of attorney and administers estates.  

Main areas of practice

Her work ranges from drafting Wills and obtaining Grant of Probate to fully administering complex cross-border, multi-million pound estates.

Alison also deals with trust matters, such as advising on and writing death benefits payable under life insurance policies in trust. 

Clients

Alison's clients range from local elderly clients to entrepreneurs and millionaire businessmen. 

She is flexible about meeting arrangements and prepared to visit clients in their own home, care home or sometimes in hospital. When acting for more distant clients, for example in London, she can correspond by telephone or email and arrange for the signing of documents at the London office.

Significant experience

Alison has prepared statutory Wills for personal injury clients who have been awarded substantial compensation payments, but do not have the capacity to make a Will. A niche area, this process involves making a Court of Protection application and establishing that the client would have wanted to make a Will in this form, had he had the capacity.

Other expertise

Publications

Alison has written several articles for the Oxford, including:

  • How to reduce your inheritance tax liability by giving to charity
  • Protecting family fortunes – should I give my house to my children?
  • Where there's a will…examining the pros and cons of different forms of will making

She and other members of the team have recently written a series of monthly articles for the London Gazette on The Issues to consider when dealing with an international estate.

Blake Morgan is on the panel of recommended solicitors for the Spinal Injuries Association and Alison is the main contact for the Oxford office.

“On behalf of my sister and I, we thank you for the fast and extremely efficient way you dealt with our late father's estate. In every respect we were totally satisfied with the professional service you provided. ”

Client

“Many thanks for the help, guidance and patience you have shown me during my prolonged decisions about my will.”

Mrs K Newbury

Expertise

Alison’s Blog

Continuing the call for certainty for unmarried cohabiting couples

The cohabiting family is the second largest family type in the UK, representing 3.3 million families, and growing. But this popular form of family type suffers from a legislative gap in the UK, we look in more detail.

The Postcode Lottery

Inheritance tax (IHT) was originally intended as a tax on the wealthiest, but last year the Revenue claimed £5.2 billion in IHT, 60% more than five years ago. Family law expert, Alison Craggs looks in more detail.

Online Wills - cheap, but not always cheerful

Recent statistics suggest that as many as 60% of UK adults do not have a Will*. Common reasons given include concern over drafting costs and simple procrastination. Could the internet provide a solution to yet another key aspect of life?

Articles by Alison

Gender balance

News

Alison Craggs sets out important points to consider when advising a transgender client.

Trans facts

News

Despite greater awareness and public understanding of gender identity, many transgender people still face discrimination.

Leaving relatives out of a Will has become more difficult as a result of a landmark court judgment

News

Heather Ilott of Ware has won a decade-long legal dispute over her late mother’s decision to disinherit her, resulting in her receiving one third her mother's estate instead of the charities named in the Will.

Related Knowledge & Resources

Termination Payments: The end

On 10 August the Government published its response to a consultation on the taxation of termination payments. Lisa Wallis and Ruth Christy consider the Government's plans in more detail and their implications.

Brexit: what this means for Private Law

Once we've formally extracted ourselves from the EU, what will this mean on death for people owning assets in Europe - or where one spouse is 'European' and the other is now not?

Could helping my child to buy a home financially benefit us both?

As property prices continue to soar across the UK, the dream of owning a home appears to be slipping away from a vast number of under 35’s. Unsurprisingly, the 'Bank of Mum and Dad' seems a very attractive option.

Client guide: Final Hearings in Financial Remedy Proceedings

Our Family team provide a helpful guide on what to expect at a Final Hearing in Financial Remedy Proceedings.

Client Guide: Use of Discretionary Trusts

A guide to the reasons why it may not be desirable to leave assets directly to a beneficiary on your death.

Client Guide: Principal Duties of a Trustee

On accepting a position as a trustee, a person must be aware of the duties imposed on him by the trust deed and by statute. The following is a non-exhaustive overview of the principal duties of a trustee.