Probate solicitors - London

Here at Stephensons, we have a dedicated team of London probate solicitors who are experts in a variety of legal specialisms regarding probate for people based in London. If you would like to speak to a member of the team for more information, please call us today on 0203 837 3658 for a no obligation initial chat with one of our advisors.

Our areas of specialism in regards to London probate includes:

  • Inheritance tax planning London
  • Gifting of property in London
  • Estate planning for London business owners
  • Estate planning for London individuals

Our expertise regarding clients in London is based around the requirement for a specialised service for a number of reasons, including the high property prices in the capital. This includes the concentration of high net worth individuals (HNWIs) in London, many of whom will be planning an estate which will be over the inheritance tax threshold of £325,000.

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Inheritance tax planning London

Planning your inheritance tax based on the estate left in your will can be a complex and often difficult procedure, given that the rate of IHT is 40% on anything above the threshold. However, this can be reduced to 36% if more than 10% of your estate is left to charity in your will. Alternatively, we can inform you on a number of options available to ensure the value of your estate is not almost halved upon the event of death.

 

Gifting of property in London

Many people often wish to gift a property before they die, which would otherwise be left as part of their estate, in order to reduce inheritance tax fees. However, there are a number of other reasons you may wish to gift a property, such as the possibility of reducing future care home fees, or simply being able to see your family enjoy their inheritance whilst you are still alive.

Estate planning for London business owners

Estate planning for your business is vital, no matter the size of your company. We are able to help and guide you on a wide variety of inheritance tax planning and will writing services for business holders. This includes sole traders, business partners and shareholders of limited companies. Business owners in London are often unsure as to whether they should leave their business to their spouse, civil partner or business partner. Stephensons solicitors are available to help you decide which option is best for you.

Estate planning for London individuals

Estate planning for people based in London is a necessary and often essential task, given that those whose estate is worth over £325,000 may be subject to as much as 40% inheritance tax. Given the high property prices in the capital, it is highly likely that those who have lived in London for a long period of time may have an estate worth more than the threshold. You may be able to plan your estate however to take advantage of an additional IHT exemption on your main residence on death. This means it is vital to plan your will and the distribution of your estate carefully.

Get in touch

To discuss any of the above options with one of our London probate legal experts, please contact Stephensons today on 0203 837 3658. Alternatively, you can fill in our online enquiry form and someone will be in touch with you very soon. 

Probate Video Panel

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    Dealing with the financial affairs of a loved one who has died is a challenging responsibility at an already emotional and stressful time. Our team of experienced solicitors are here to assist you with this simple guide of what to expect.

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