Dealing with a loved one’s estate can be stressful enough, if you have international assets to consider, then you need a professional who can take the strain from you and guide you through the more complex areas of international law.
Administering an international estate requires an in-depth knowledge of estate and tax law in different countries and how these laws interact.
International or cross-border probate happens when the deceased lived in one country but owned assets elsewhere. This applies for:
- UK nationals who owned assets abroad
- Foreign nationals who owned assets in the UK
- Ex-pats with assets in the UK, e.g. a family home
- People living in the UK whose official home for tax purposes is abroad (non-domiciled residents)
The different laws and taxes around the world mean that international probate can be much more complicated and time-consuming than normal probate. Where an estate has assets in multiple jurisdictions, a number of different court authorities or notarial declarations may be required to attend to the administration.
Our specialist probate team is used to dealing with international estates and is ranked in top legal directories, The Legal 500 and Chambers High Net Worth. Many members are also accredited by the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP) so you can be assured you are in safe hands.