Alison Craggs

Senior Associate
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Very thorough and efficient.

Legal 500, 2017

Alison leads the firm’s Oxford Wills Team.  She has specialised in drafting Wills for over 15 years.

Main areas of practice

Alison is happy to meet with you to review your existing Will or to make a new one.  She advises clients on the best structure for their Wills to ensure that their assets pass as they wish to family, loved ones and charities in a tax efficient manner.

In addition Alison advises on lifetime inheritance tax and capital gains tax planning.  She also prepares and registers powers of attorney.

Alison can also advise when a loved one dies on getting a Grant of Probate and help with the administration of their estate

Clients

Alison’s clients range from local clients to lottery winners, entrepreneurs and business owners.

Expertise

Career

  • Alison’s graduated with a first class honours degree in 1999 and was awarded the Bramall Allen’s prize.
  • She completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University, achieving a Distinction.
  • From 2002 to 2004 she trained to be a solicitor, qualifying in 2004 in the Tax and Financial Planning Team of Boodle Hatfield, a first tier law firm, in London’s Mayfair, whose client base consists of high net worth individuals. She worked there for 5 years before joining Blake Morgan in 2007.
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Accreditations
Memberships
  • Full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) since 2008. She passed the STEP exams with Distinction and was awarded the STEP Administration of Estates Student of the Year Award in 2007
  • Member of the Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) since 2009
  • Chartered Institute of Tax Advisors (CITA) Inheritance Tax, Trusts and Estates
  • Dementia Friend and on the Alzheimer's Research UK list of solicitors with experience of clients affected by dementia
  • On the panel of professional advisers for Mencap
  • On the panel of recommended solicitors for the Spinal Injuries Association

Additional Expertise

Alison has presented at Mencap’s conferences on Trusts for Disabled People and been interviewed on BBC Radio Oxford.

She has had a number or articles published in leading journals including the Trusts and Estates Law and Tax Journal, the Family Law Journal and the Law Society Journal.

In her spare time she is a member of the Eynsham Running Club and is currently training for her third Abingdon Marathon.

In addition, our EDI Initiative award winner, Alison Craggs is an author of various articles on transgender issues. Please see the following links:

  • Transgender and your Will – Published in November 2019. To support Transgender Awareness Week, this article focused on the Gender Recognition Act 2004 and implications of a change of name in your Will, and how to make provision for your family.
  • LGBT+ Parenting – Looking at the options – published in Family Law Journal in June 2019. Alison Craggs and Eve Piffaretti set out the ways in which an LGBT+ person may become a parent, and the legal obstacles they may face in doing so.
  • Gender Balance – published in Trusts and Estates Law & Tax Journal in October 2018. The article focuses on the issues involved if you are instructed to prepare a will or trust for a client who wants to benefit a transgender person, or administer the estate of a person who has transitioned.
  • Trans Facts – published in Law Society’s PS Magazine in May 2018. Alison Craggs and Debra Gers examine the key legal rights of transgender people – from management of wills and inheritance rights to equality in the workplace.
  • Your Will and a transgender beneficiary – Published in February 2018. This article look at whether a change of gender, or accompanying change of name, could cause a problem in a Will.

Quotes


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

The high level of service from Alison Craggs.

Mr W, Oxfordshire

Insights by Alison


articles

14 November - Alison Craggs

"My son has become my daughter – do I need to update my Will?" This is just one of the questions we are beginning to be asked more regularly by...

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12 September - Alison Craggs

Blake Morgan is proud to support Remember A Charity week, which runs from 9 – 15 September. Now in its 10th year, Remember a Charity continue to raise awareness of...

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10 April - Alison Craggs

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...

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