Our agri-private client lawyers advise a spectrum of agricultural private clients, trustees, landed estates and charities on private capital matters and divorce and family law.
Our work in Wills, Trusts and Estates
We are specialists in advising farming clients and their families on how best to organise their affairs and finances to ensure financial security and enhanced quality of life in the future. Our expertise includes advising the owners of family farming businesses about how to seamlessly hand-over the business to the next generation, or how to wind-down a business so as to provide the greatest benefit and the least trauma to those involved.
We regularly advise on:
- Drafting Wills
- Lasting Powers of Attorney
- Advance decisions and living Wills
- Applying for Grants of Probate
- Creating and administering Trusts
- Inheritance and capital gains tax mitigation, in particular agricultural and business property reliefs and liaising with the Inland Revenue
- Specialist Wills and trust structures as part of succession strategies for the transmission of business assets and family wealth
- Implementing tax efficient ownership and occupation structures for agricultural and other business assets
Our recent work includes:
- Advising a private landowner on the tax efficient sale of his farm for development
- Securing the availability of agricultural property relief and business property relief from inheritance tax on a large farm with a subsidiary property letting operation
- Advising on and preparing the paperwork to implement the transfer of a substantial working farm to the next generation of the farming family
- Advising the trustees of a significant landed estate about their substantial claim for heritage property relief
- Completing Deeds of Variation to restructure Wills and upon intestacy of a large agricultural estate with minor beneficiaries
Our work in divorce and family law
We appreciate that the preservation of landed estates and farms is an issue of utmost importance to landowners and their families. One of the most common causes for the break up of an estate or farm is a divorce in the family. There are ways of protecting against or limiting the effect of such an event and we can advise farming families on these options.
Our Agri-Private Client Divorce and Family law work includes:
- Advising on and drafting cohabitation agreements for unmarried couples
- Advising on and drafting pre and post-nuptial agreements
- Acting for other partners where divorce proceedings involve partnership assets
- Mediation and collaborative law
Contact an agri-private client lawyer
If you would like to find out more about how our Agri-Private Client team can support you and your business, you can contact our lawyers directly using the details given on their profile pages, or you can call the agriculture Sector Manager, Victoria Howlett on 0345 209 1719.
Clarke Willmott has offices in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, London, Manchester, Southampton and Taunton. Our agriculture team has a strong presence in the South West and advises clients across England and Wales.