Blood is thicker than water. Unless an inheritance is involved. This is when the knives come out even among the closest relatives. It is therefore advisable to clarify testamentary issues at an early stage, prudently, and, above all, based on good legal counsel. Doubly so, when large assets are involved.
We advise on all matters pertaining to inheritance law, ranging from anticipated succession to execution of a will. Wherever needed, we can also involve experts from other fields of law.
Complex tax issues become relevant, for example, if you plan to set up a foundation to ensure that your assets will still be used as intended even in more than 100 years from now. We clarify these issues in close collaboration with the appropriate specialized lawyers in our firm. In cases of restructuring, refinancing, or other strategic questions dealing with the management of family businesses, we are in touch with the relevant specialists. We equally work across several fields of law in matters of family law, whether concerning marriages, divorces, or alimony issues.
You will further benefit from the fact that we are accustomed to entrepreneurial thinking. The partners of our law firm, after all, are all entrepreneurs themselves. Time and again, we realize in our daily practice that this gives us a different, more effective view on certain topics in family law, ranging from succession to income determination.
Advising family companies
We advise family companies as a whole, which in practice often means the management or individual shareholders. We prepare shareholders’ meetings, develop strategies together with our clients’ advisors, or accompany restructuring and refinancing measures. We always aim to achieve a balance of shareholders’ interests.
Selling or keeping the business? If selling, who buys it? If keeping, who runs it? Those are typical succession questions. We support our clients in planning and structuring succession regulations, both in the corporate and private domains. We consider all relevant aspects concerning corporate, tax, inheritance, and family law.
In family matters, we advise on drafting and reviewing marriage contracts and on the tax setup among spouses. In cases of separation and divorce, we assert our clients’ claims. We assist in clarifying issues pertaining to maintenance between married spouses or unmarried life partners. Our advice further extends to relationships between children and parents or other relatives.
We represent our clients’ interests in court. Upon request, we also conduct mediation procedures.
For the benefit of our clients, our lawyers operate with an entrepreneurial mindset in all legal domains, whether in inheritance law, corporate succession or family law.
In family law, for instance, a one-sided perspective is insufficient when it comes to difficult company evaluations or income determinations. In inheritance law, on the other hand, the link with tax law is very significant.
Our clients can further rely on this: due to the size of our law firm, we can quickly assemble a team of lawyers proficient in all the legal fields involved in complex disputes under corporate law.
In inheritance law, we advise on all issues, ranging from anticipated succession to estate distribution and inheritance sales up to the drafting of wills. Upon request, we also act as executors of a will.
Where inheritance law is concerned, notaries usually take on an advisory role for the structuring of private assets and for successor issues, but also for issues relating to corporate succession. We draft wills and inheritance agreements in particular, generally in close coordination with the tax advisors of the parties involved, but we also draft gifting agreements as part of an anticipated inheritance.