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  • Overview

    As specialists in succession and related estate tax planning, we can offer practical and effective advice on a wide variety of issues including:

    • assessment of your Inheritance Tax exposure and the ways of reducing this, taking account of Capital Gains Tax and Income Tax considerations
    • minimising potential tax liabilities through maximising the use of allowances, reliefs and exemptions
    • restructuring the way in which assets are owned
    • review of business structures to enhance the availability of business property relief and agricultural property relief
    • trust creation aimed at passing assets to the next generation or providing for dependants
    • optimal treatment of lump sum benefits under life assurance and pension arrangements
    • tax-efficient disposal of assets (including business interests) when you die (Wills & Succession)
    • post death arrangements.

    We work in close association with accountancy professionals and independent financial advisers to provide clients with a comprehensive service and the best possible advice.

    For further information please contact one of our Estate Planning Lawyers below.

  • Related Client Stories

    Administration of estates

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Probate team and provides a useful reminder to us all to ensure that we have a Will in place, and that it is reviewed and updated regularly.

    Inheritance tax avoidance

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Wills, Trusts & Tax Planning team who have recently advised a client on deeds of variation, inheritance tax and discretionary trusts.

    Farming estates & inheritance tax

    This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Wills, Trusts & Tax Planning team who have recently settled a farming case, saving a potential IHT liability of over £500,000.

  • Latest Updates

    Giving away shares in the family company

    Giving away shares in the family company

    FAQ: Family

    Q: I have recently separated from my long term partner, we were not married.  Am I able to make a financial claim against them?

    Pension changes: the options available to your estate and passing on benefits

    The pension landscape has changed dramatically following the changes to the rules on 6 April 2015. An element of freedom, a word not often associated with pension arrangements, has been granted by these changes. Pension owners now have real options as to how their pension benefits should be passed on following their death.

    It’s not rocket science - get a will and keep it updated

    Solicitor, Stuart Price from our Private Client department speaks to Wealth Briefing about the preparation and challenges to a will. He also discusses some factors that should be taken into account before drafting a will.

    Reforms to the taxation of non-domiciles: The extention of deemed-domicile status

    This article will focus on the position of the resident “non-dom” and the extension of deemed-domicile status but we will first take a look at what these terms mean and the current position. 

    Planning carefully will protect your lump sum

    Thomson Snell & Passmore give MexxaMixx's company directors advice on what they should do with their lump sums from a tax and estate planning perspective after they agreee to sell the entire issued share capital of MexxaMixx to a mjor competitor.

    Top 25 Private Client Law Firm

    We are pleased to announce that we have again been awarded the accolade of eprivateclient’s Top 25 Private Client Law Firms for 2015.

    Best Lawyer award

    We are delighted that Partners Simon Brown and Gilbert Green have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the forth edition of Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom ®.

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Client

From our very first meeting, we were made to feel at ease. Information was exchanged, and what to us could have been complicated, we felt the situation would be resolved. We were kept constantly up to date with progress.

Client

Kirsty was always treated with courtesy and my questions were answered in full whether they were in person or by telephone by everyone I spoke to.

Client

Jeremy Passmore is 'experienced and creative'; and Mark Politz is recommended for his tax expertise.

The Legal 500 2015

I always feel listened to and have been treated very well.

Client

I have used various departments of TS&P and have ALWAYS been VERY happy with all advice correspondence, help and professionalism that I have received.

Client

Helpful, clear, and direct advice during conversations followed by similar meeting notes.

Client

We have had the conveyancing, the making of wills and probate as the three main things and they were dealt with from different departments. I really cannot fault any of it. Although costs seem very high in these matters, I felt that we paid for the best and we got the best.

Client

We needed a law firm in Tunbridge Wells for our house purchase in 1980 when we moved back from the USA, and we chose Thomson Snell & Passmore. We have used them ever since for conveyancing, wills and trust etc.

Client

Clients appreciate his ability to combine 'great technical skill with a very personable manner'.

Chambers UK 2015

They have very wide-ranging and deep expertise. 

Chambers UK 2015

I commend them for their legal advice and emotional support.

Chambers UK 2015

Thomson Snell & Passmore provides ‘an outstanding level of service’.

The Legal 500 2014

Clients note the firm’s ‘very reasonable costs’.

The Legal 500 2013

Excellent. Quite personal‚ explaining everything in words and language that I could understand and keeping me up to date.

Client

I cannot speak too highly of the care, attention and sympathy that I have received.

Client

Cheerful, caring, prompt and knowledgeable legal service.

Client

We were looking for the best and have never been disappointed.

Client

I have every confidence in TS&P; especially with the lawyers who deal with my private matters.

Client

Helpful, committed and responsive, who do a great job and treat their clients well.

Chambers UK

Everything was handled professionally and courteously

Client

The service Nicola provided was highly professional; her flexibility with timescales was especially appreciated

Client

Excellent experience overall with 2 brilliant legal professionals at the firm. Indeed I have already recommended their services to another individual requiring legal representation and assistance

Client

Una is very professional and knows her stuff! Very competent, but also friendly.

Client

I was treated very professionally and all my queries were answered satisfactorily.

Nicola's experience and practical application of private client law coupled with her ability to really understand clients' requirements sets Nicola apart.

Client

The advice and support from the initial phone call through to the completion of the document was clear, thorough and very efficient. I felt I received a personal service tailored to my needs

Client

At the first meeting, they listened carefully to my needs and clearly explained the options available to me and how this could be achieved. I left the meeting with a clear understanding of what to do next  

Client

The Deed of Variation and Trust that I required needed to be completed to a short deadline which was met. This was due to the efficient and effective work of the lawyers I worked with

Client

Thank you for providing such clear advice and executing this in such a painless and professional way.  I don’t think I can recall the last time someone did some professional work for me where there were no typos or mistakes, or where I didn’t have to chase and do part of the work myself  

Client

Excellent response when initial time constraints were addressed quickly and effectively.

Client

They explained the process simply and clearly; they helped us sort out a particular clause in the will to share out our affairs with the children, to be fair to all of them. This provided peace of mind that we have left an easily manageable will for our benefactors with your help.

Client

Our initial meeting helped clarify what we would be doing and gave me time to discuss what we wanted with my husband. When planning the will, we were very clear about what needed to be in the will. The legal side was explained very clearly, the costs were clear at the outset

Client

I am very grateful to Thomson Snell and Passmore for helping me through some difficult times; sorting Mum's affairs out when she passed away, between exchanging contracts and completion, sorting her will out, and then making our own wills and LPAs. They gave great advice and support. Thank you

Client

we have always received sensible, knowledgeable, and prompt advice on a range of matters, including estate planning, property transactions, and wills.

Client

We would have no hesitation in recommending the firm. The professional service that we received was exceptional.

Client

They provided a comprehensive strategy for resolving the issues arising in the transaction that we wanted carried out. The advice was clear, and any queries were quickly addressed. Where issues arose with third parties, we received balanced and thoughtful advice on the best course of action. They inspired complete confidence.

Client

The advice that we received specifically addressed the issues that needed to be resolved. The process that needed to be carried out and the likely timescale was clearly laid out. We were kept fully advised as to the progress of the matter throughout. We were given prompt and well considered advice with regard to issues that cropped up.

Client

Nicola is very helpful and patient. She was prepared to answer any questions and explained everything fully and carefully. She is also very friendly and interested in her clients.

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