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  • Overview

    Wills & estate planning lawyers offering sound advice.

    A will is one of the most important documents that you will ever sign and an essential part of your personal financial planning. If you die without one (intestacy), the rules which apply may mean that your (assets) do not pass on as you wish. These rules may also cause tax problems for those you leave behind. This is why it is very important to get sound will and estate planning advice from a qualified team of lawyers.

    Despite popular belief, there is no such thing as a “common law marriage”. If you live with someone, but are not married or in a civil partnership, your partner will have no automatic rights to your property if you die. This includes your share in the home. Having a will can ensure they are protected and provided for.

    If you already have a will, you should ask yourself whether it is up to date. We recommend thinking about this at least every five years. It is particularly important to do so if your circumstances change, for example if you have children, buy a home or get divorced. It is worth remembering that marriage automatically cancels a will, unless that marriage is mentioned in the will itself.

    Our lawyers have years of experience preparing wills for people from all walks of life, whether they are resident in the UK or live abroad, we as well as offering estate planning advice. We have advised generations of families, including those with farms and other family businesses, on protecting their assets for the next generation and passing them on when the time comes. We work with you to find the right solution and to ensure tax liabilities are kept to a minimum.

    Making a will

    We can advise you on all aspects of making your will. This is a very personal process so we will review all options to ensure those you wish to benefit are looked after in the best way.

    If your personal circumstances are relatively straightforward, you may wish to opt for a fixed-fee service when getting your will in place. 

    However, if your particular situation is quite complex then you may require more detailed estate planning advice.

    Estate and succession planning

    Our specialist team offers practical succession and related estate planning advice on issues such as:


    Further help
    You can find more information on making wills in our information sheets ‘Making your will’ and ‘Wills – Frequently asked questions’.

    If you require more specific estate planning advice, please read our 'Will and estate planning services' brochure, or contact a member of the team to discuss your particular situation. 

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    Chris advised a film director in a cross-border matter, which is valued at £6 million.

    Efficient Estate Planning

    Nicola advised two clients, following the sale of their business, in relation to efficiently planning their estates, in a matter valued at £25 million.

    A trust combining tax saving with control

    Stuart’s client inherited his wife’s share of some farmland, which had huge developmental potential.

    Protecting the Family

    Sarah advised a client with a complex family structure, in a matter valued at £1.5 million.

    Cross-border estate planning

    Clare provided estate planning advice and prepared new Wills for clients, in a matter valued at £12 million.

    Dividing a family trust

    Siblings whose families benefitted from a trust wanted to take it in different directions. We provided a thorough review and analysis of the available options which enabled to beneficiaries to agree a fair and tax efficient split.

    The complete package

    Ultra high net worth clients have complicated affairs. We are able to provide peace of mind through a complete advice service.

    Peace of mind when entering a second marriage

    A long-term client has recently entered into a second marriage and they wanted the interests of all the client’s children protected in a tax efficient way.

    Tax reduction on a substantial inheritance

    During the administration of an estate, which included shares in a property investment company, our advice resulted in a capital gains tax saving of over £250,000 for the beneficiaries. 

    Estate planning review following re-marriage

    We advised a wealthy client on changes to his Will that could save several million pounds in inheritance tax.

    Capital gains tax saving for beneficiaries

    Following a significant increase in the value of a property during the administration of an estate, we were able to achieve a substantial capital gains tax saving.

    Tax planning disaster averted

    Our clients were faced with a potential inheritance tax liability of over £1.2million but, following our intervention, HMRC accepted that no inheritance tax was due. 

    International musical estate

    We advised the executors of a complex estate containing assets worth over £25million and we were able to reduce the inheritance tax bill by over £500,000.

    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

    The inheritance battle over which parent died first

    Monika Bryska comments on an inheritance battle article.

    Avoid your beneficiaries getting the blues

    It has been reported that Aretha Franklin left three handwritten wills at her Detroit home before her death, the latest one dated 2014 which has some information crossed through and some words hard to decipher. 

    I'm in my 20s. Why do I need a will?

    Any lawyer will tell you that it is always sensible to have a will.

    Helping a grandchild onto the property ladder

    We act for a wealthy couple who wanted to help their granddaughter onto the property ladder. Our private client team worked with the granddaughter, providing her with advice on how to protect her new wealth.

    The Residence Nil Rate Band

    The Residence Nil Rate Band (RNRB) has now been in force for a year and applies to estates where the deceased died on or after 6 April 2017. Where the deceased owned or, in some cases, had an interest in, a residence the RNRB makes available an additional tax free amount if the residence is inherited by someone closely related to the deceased.

    Law Commission’s consultation on the law of wills

    Thomson Snell & Passmore has responded to the Law Commission’s consultation on the law of wills.

    FAQ: Tax Planning

    Q. We want to help our 20 year old daughter buy her first flat, but we’re worried about putting such a valuable asset directly in her name. Is there anything we can do to protect the property until she’s a bit older?

    Owner managed businesses : tax-efficient wills for company directors

    Owner-managed businesses : tax-efficient wills for company directors

    Giving away shares in the family company

    Giving away shares in the family company

    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.

    Thomson Snell & Passmore’s Private Client Team triumphs at the Law Society Excellence Awards

    The Private Client team of leading South East law firm Thomson Snell & Passmore is thrilled to have come away with top prize, the ‘Excellence in Private Client Practice’ award at the Law Society Excellence Awards 2016 which took place at the Hilton Park Lane Hotel in London on Thursday 20 October.

    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. 

    Top 25 UK Law Firm

    We are pleased to receive, for another year, the accolade from eprivateclient of being listed as one of the Top 25 Law Firms in the UK.

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