Monday, 16 October 2017

Come on over to our new place!

Wealth Lawyer UK has a brand new website and a fresh new look.  Click here for a link to the new site, now hosted on Fladgate’s website. 

We’ve also made it even easier to get your fortnightly fix on developments in the legal Private Wealth world.  Just register your interest on the new website and blogs will be emailed direct to your inbox as they appear – it couldn’t be easier.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

UK tax legislation update: taxation of non-doms

Over the past couple of years, the Government has placed non-doms on notice of its intention to change the way in which they and their offshore trusts are taxed for UK tax purposes.  Now finally all previously trailed provisions have been reintroduced into draft legislation, so here is a brief reminder of the main provisions affecting the personal taxation of non-doms, with some practical pointers.  All of the following measures can be found in the Finance (No.2) Bill 2017:

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Can you disinherit your children if you want to?

You may recall that, a couple of years ago, the English press was full of reports of the Will case of Ilott v Mitson.  (For some background on the case, see my 2015 and 2017 blogs about it.) 

The case was of interest to any testator who is considering cutting out children from their Will.  However the Ilott case has now been applied in the more recent case of Nahajec v Fowle [2017] EW Misc 11 (CC), in which another impecunious child applied to the court and was successful in obtaining provision from her father’s estate, contrary to her father’s express wish that she should receive nothing.  So what can the Nahajec case teach us about whether it is possible, even, for parents to successfully exclude adult children from receiving any inheritance from them?

Thursday, 7 September 2017

IHT Residence Nil Rate Band: depending on downsizing?

HMRC have published new guidance covering the downsizing provisions of the Residence Nil Rate Band (RNRB) (click here for a link to it).  This will be of interest to advisers looking for a relatively straightforward introduction to this aspect of the RNRB which may be suitable for forwarding on to clients.
Whenever individuals interested in their IHT planning downsize, gift or sell a property, the impact on the availability of the RNRB should be considered.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Inheritance Tax planning for business owners is often overlooked

When it comes to selling up or transferring on a business to the next generation, entrepreneurs and family business owners are usually encouraged to take measures to reduce the level of Capital Gains Tax payable on the disposal of the business.  Far fewer entrepreneurs are advised to consider their Inheritance Tax (IHT) planning, though, and yet failure to consider the IHT aspects of a sale can cost families dearly in the long term, when 40% IHT is levied on the proceeds of the business sale in due course.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

UK beneficial ownership registers: now it’s your turn, trustees

On 26 June 2017, the UK Government introduced a beneficial ownership register for trusts for the first time, in response to its need to comply with the EU’s 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive.  Which trusts will be affected and what will trustees have to do?

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Who owns the equity? Investment property ownership when relationships break down

The thorny issue of a couple’s beneficial interests in a jointly owned property following relationship breakdown has once again been examined by the court, this time relating to a Privy Council decision on appeal from the Bahamian Court of Appeal.  The case concerned the relationship between Mr Marr and Mr Collie, who together had jointly purchased several properties over the years in the Bahamas during their 17 year relationship.