Ruth O'Neill Partner

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Contact Details

“As usual Ruth O'Neill provided exemplary service.”

Mr O London
Ruth advises on a wide range of private client issues including estate, tax and succession planning for both UK and overseas individuals and families. Ruth also is very experienced in dealing with estate administration including high value, complex and multi-jurisdictional estates. She has particular expertise in assisting clients with US interests.  

Main area of practice

Ruth advises on a wide range of private client issues including:

  • Estate, tax and succession planning for both UK and overseas individuals and families 
  • Estate administration including high value, complex and multi jurisdictional estates

Ruth has particular expertise in assisting clients with US interests.

Clients

Known for her sensitivity and her ability to explain complex legal issues in an understandable way, in addition to private individuals, families, entrepreneurs and business owners, Ruth’s clients include charities, investment managers, accountants and UK and non UK lawyers.

Significant experience

  • Advising a UK ultra-high net worth individual who is married to a US citizen on his UK inheritance tax and estate planning, including purposes, drafting a will to minimise exposure to US and UK tax
  • Advising on Guardianship arrangements for a couple with children from previous relationships and with international connections including drafting the Deed of Appointment of Guardians and relevant guidance
  • Acting in the administration of an estate with contentious elements including the removal of a caveat and successfully obtaining a limited Grant Ad Colligenda Bona
  • Acting in the administration of an estate of a UK domiciled person with a non UK domiciled spouse including advising on and preparing the election to have the non UK spouse treated as having a UK domicile of choice for inheritance tax purposes
  • Advising on Business Property Relief for entrepreneurs and business owners

“Ruth O’Neill has a good grasp of the US/UK tax issues from the US perspective”

The Legal 500 UK 2014

Expertise

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