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Claims Against Inherited Wealth, Trusts, and Property On Divorce

Inheritances mean more to us than just wealth and assets – they are a legacy that has a special place within a family. Our private wealth solicitors can help you protect inherited wealth, property and trusts in case of divorce and preserve it for the next generation.

Inherited wealth and property is taken into account when assets are divided during a divorce – even if they are protected by a trust. This means that a court can order you to sell or transfer inherited property if necessary to meet the needs of your former spouse and any children involved in the relationship.

No divorce is easy but the risk of losing ancestral homes, cherished heirlooms or family legacies can make divorce proceedings even more difficult and emotional for you and your loved ones.

We can help you protect the assets that are important to you if divorce does happen. Our specialist advice and representation takes an integrated approach combining tax, trust and family law expertise to deliver the best outcome for you and your family.

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Divorces & Trusts

Many wealthy families use trusts to preserve property for future generations. Nonetheless, trust interests will be taken into account by the court when a couple divorces. This applies both if you are a current beneficiary of a trust or a potential future beneficiary. In certain circumstances, the court may even vary the terms of a trust to provide for one of the parties in the divorce.

Our team has a breadth and depth of experience with trusts and other investment structures – both on- and off-shore – and will help you with a bespoke solution for your individual needs.

Pre- and Post-Nuptial Agreements

In some circumstances it may be possible to protect inherited wealth and trust interests by entering an agreement with your spouse before or during the marriage.

Whereas the court has a wide discretion for redistributing wealth, it does consider the individual nature of inherited assets and how they have been handled during the relationship. Agreeing in advance how an inheritance should be managed in case of divorce can be valuable in influencing the court’s decision.

We recommend taking specialist legal advice on agreements at the earliest possible stage in the relationship. Read more about prenuptial and other agreements.

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Our Private Wealth team is based in London and across the country, and can be reached on 0370 1500 100. Our experts will be happy to discuss your situation at your discretion and advise on how we can best support you.

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