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Estate planning – Passing on wealth to those you choose
When you have spent your lifetime building up your personal wealth, you would like 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!
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, many more estates have come within the taxman’s reach.
Planning is all the more necessary – and all the more urgent.
There are a number of ways to reduce the potential tax liability on your estate, but they all involve careful planning – often over a long period.
Lifetime gifts, the judicious use of trusts, and care with the transfer of agricultural and business property can all help to reduce IHT liability.
It is also possible to mitigate potential inheritance tax liabilities by arranging adequate life assurance cover.
We can help with your estate planning, including succession planning and business exit strategies.
Contact Us today to discuss how we can help you to preserve as much of your wealth as possible for your chosen beneficiaries. But do not leave it too late!