Wills, probate, tax and trusts

“We have an excellent relationship with this team, which has in-depth knowledge, depth of resource and excellent lawyers providing a good personal service.”

Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2016
Blake Morgan's Wills, Probate, Tax and Trusts specialists provide advice on all aspects of wealth protection and inheritance planning for individuals and their families. 

Main areas of practice 

We offer a tailored, high quality service that ensures our clients interests are managed and protected in line with their wishes for their lifetime and for the benefit of future generations.

We provide advice on:

  • Drafting and updating Wills - our lawyers will explain all the possible options, including many you may not have thought of, to not only take into account your current circumstances, but how you can ensure your beneficiaries are well cared for and that your estate is protected should something unexpected happen.
  • Probate and administration of estates - we are often appointed as professional executors and trustees; alternatively we provide probate advice and support for lay executors or administrators to make the process of obtaining the Grant of Representation and administering the estate as straightforward as possible.
  • Mental capacity issues and Court of Protection - there are occasions when individuals are unable to make decisions for themselves due to a mental health condition, a severe learning difficulty or a sudden accident - we can help to ensure that your affairs, and those of your family or loved ones, are properly taken care of at a time when you, or they, are at their most vulnerable. This could involve powers of attorney, deputyship applications, or setting up personal injury trusts.
  • Tax and trusts - we advise on more general tax and trusts planning as part of a wider wealth protection strategy - UK and/or offshore tax advice or assistance with the creation, management or termination of trusts. We are also able to provide general advice to you if you are a trustee.
  • Wills and Inheritance Disputes Blake Morgan's experienced team of Wills and disputes specialists have the expertise to represent you through what can be a complicated and stressful process, and we always handle matters in a tactful, efficient and cost effective manner.

Clients 

Our Wills, Probate, Tax and Trusts teams provide specialist advice to private individuals and their families, executors and trustees from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures.

We have particular expertise in advising owner managers and clients in the rural sector, including farmers and landed estates, on the complex legal issues arising out of the relationship between their personal and business interests. We are also well placed to offer advice to individuals who face inheritance or tax planning issues arising out of international interests, such as domicile or the ownership of assets overseas.

Significant experience 

Examples of how our team have helped clients include:

  • Providing tax planning advice to clients on the creation and implementation of two multi-million pound discretionary trusts, which resulted from the sale of clients' business.
  • Advising a client on the capital gains and inheritance tax implications of partitioning a family farm and advising on the assets going into trust.
  • Providing wealth protection advice to high value lottery winners, advising on tax planning, drafting Wills and putting in place lasting powers of attorney in respect of both property and financial affairs and health and welfare.
  • Appointing partners of the firm to act as attorneys under a lasting power of attorney where our client had no family members willing to act in this capacity.
  • Following a successful compensation claim for a client, who suffers from cerebral palsy as a result of clinical negligence at birth, we made an application to the Court of Protection to appoint a deputy and to make a Statutory Will on his behalf; we invested funds for the client and continue to liaise closely with his parents on the general management of his affairs
  • Acting in the administration of a complex estate where held both English and Australian Wills were held and where assets included time shares in Scotland, royalty income and substantial shareholdings, as well as those assets held in Australia.
  • Advising the executors and trustees in an estate where the deceased was survived by a spouse, but she was not the main beneficiary of this substantial estate, which included assets located in UK, Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man and USA. The Will left the estate to various discretionary and life interest trusts.
  • Acting for the trustees of two family settlements established by the widow of a renowned artist and sculptor with a large number of her husband's original works and also works from the widow's collection of works by other notable artists and sculptors.
  • Advising on heritage property taxation matters and negotiation of art loans to museums and galleries in the UK and abroad.
  • Advising on a the practical problems arising out of application of the Equitable Doctrine of Mutual Wills. We were asked to advise on the effect of mutual Wills clause, following the death of one of the contracting parties. We negotiated on behalf of the deceased’s children from an earlier marriage, with the solicitor acting for the widow who also drafted the Will and successfully agreed a settlement.

“The first-class team addresses challenges creatively, providing personal, efficient and prompt advice. ”

The Legal 500 UK 2015

“I was completely satisfied with the speed and efficiency with which they dealt with my matter, and also their sensitive understanding of me and my approach. ”

Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession, 2014

“They give sound legal advice, are understanding of clients' needs, pay attention to detail, give a timely service and have appropriate pricing. Precisely what a law firm should be!”

Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession, 2014

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