An international will is necessary for those who have assets in more than one country, including offshore assets.
A will is only valid in the country in which it was written – and as the laws of probate vary from country to country, without an international will, the distribution of your assets could be a complex and lengthy business. For example, while the law of England and Wales decides on how assets will be passed on according to domicile, other countries may consider the deceased’s nationality or where they held assets in considering how an estate should be distributed.
Different countries also have varying positions on the distribution of moveable assets (valuables or possessions), as well as those considered to be immoveable, such as property or land.
Making an international will resolves the problem of holding assets in different jurisdictions.
Duncan Lewis wills and probate solicitors have considerable expertise in international law and cross-border matters, including advising on international tax law, international property law and cross-border tax law, including offshore assets.
Duncan Lewis is also a leading firm of family law solicitors able to advise on international marriage and divorce, will trusts, care of elderly and vulnerable family members, contentious probate matters and Islamic wills.
Our specialist international will writing solicitors can advise on how to protect assets held offshore – and can act as professional trustees for will trusts.
Duncan Lewis also has considerable expertise in advising on high-value international wills, where there may be complex tax implications – as well as advising on resealed Grants for assets held under the Colonial Probate Acts, in countries including Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, Hong Kong, Jamaica, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa and St Lucia.
Our specialist international will writing solicitors can also advise on making a local will to cover assets held in a specific jurisdiction.
Duncan Lewis also advises families and overseas lawyers on affidavits of foreign law.
Duncan Lewis wills and probate solicitors offer clear and focused advice on international will writing – including advising on cross-border financial matters and obtaining probate in more than one jurisdiction.
There are Duncan Lewis offices nationwide – and Duncan Lewis offers competitively-priced fixed fees for international will writing services, whenever possible, with hourly rates for contentious wills and probate matters.
For expert legal advice on Wills and Probate and International Wills, call Duncan Lewis Probate Solicitors in confidence on 0333 772 0409.