Estate planning advice

Russell-Cooke is one of the country’s top 100 law firms with over 170 highly-regarded specialist lawyers across 3 offices. We advise a mix of commercial, not-for-profit, regulatory and personal clients. Our breadth of expertise means we can tackle complex multi- dimensional cases that are often beyond the scope of many other firms of solicitors. A significant proportion of our work comes from referrals from other solicitors or professional firms. Many of our specialist teams are rated as leaders in their fields and are quoted in the leading legal directories. Russell-Cooke has strength in international law issues such as cross- border succession, matrimonial property regimes and capacity. Richard Frimston is ‘a highly experienced and impressive adviser’; and Dawn Alderson leads a team acting for high-net-worth French nationals. Legal 500 2014

We offer high-quality specialist advice on nearly any legal matter, personal or professional, including:

n estate planning, wills and probate n cross-border succession, capacity and tax n French law & property n trust and estates disputes

n family mediation and arbitration

children law


criminal litigation


n money laundering and fraud n dispute resolution and professional negligence n employment & immigration



n cross-border capacity issues n Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection

recovery & insolvency


Our cross-border specialists advise on the issues that can arise when owning assets in more than one country, or when there is some other connection with a foreign jurisdiction - for example, when a spouse or civil partner comes from another country, or when children live or work abroad. Some of the areas that we advise on are: n marriage and civil partnership - we advise on pre- and post-nuptial contracts and the effects of matrimonial property regimes across borders n divorce and dissolution - we advise on the implementation of financial settlements across borders n capacity - we advise on cross-border protective measures that can be taken for people who have lost capacity to manage their own affairs, including powers of attorney

Richard Frimston is a renowned expert in the field of international tax and a highly regarded figure in the private client legal market. Chambers 2015

Many of our solicitors are members of professional organisations such as the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), Solicitors for the Elderly, and the Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS).

Some of our team are part of the Brussels EU Commission Experts Group and have contributed to leading textbooks in this area of law.

n wills and tax planning

n estates and estate administration - we advise on complex cross- border estates and deal with their administration

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