Passing on a lifetime's wealth to those you choose

When you have spent a whole lifetime building up your personal wealth, you want to think that upon your death your estate will pass into the hands of your chosen beneficiaries and not into the hands of the Taxman.

Yet, all too often we meet clients who are shocked at how much of their inheritance is taken from them before they even see it! At present rates, the Taxman can take up to 40% of your estate. Yes, almost half its value!
Inheritance Tax (IHT) used to be referred to as a 'voluntary tax' for the very wealthy, but with the recent dramatic increases in property values without a corresponding increase in the IHT threshold more and more estates have come within the Taxman's reach.

This makes estate planning all the more vital – and all the more urgent.

There are a number of ways to reduce the potential tax liability on your estate and they all involve careful planning – often over a long period.

Lifetime gifts, the judicious use of trusts and care with transfer of agricultural and business property an all help to reduce IHT liability.

It is also possible to mitigate potential IHT liabilities by arranging adequate life assurance cover.

We can help you with your estate planning, including succession planning and business exit strategies.

Please contact us to discuss how we can help you preserve as much of your wealth as possible for your chosen beneficiaries. Don't leave it too late!