Peter Shand , Murray Beith Murray Partner and experienced family business lawyer, speaks in Vision Scotland business magazine, enclosed with The Scotsman, today (19 September 2019).
Read the full article below:
Planning for what will happen to your estate once you are no longer around is never an easy task. Careful considerations must be made as to who you would like to inherit your estate, when you would like them to inherit, and what tax implications inheritance might have. Where a business is owned, it is also important to consider these same points, as failing to plan for succession of a business can have seriously damaging effects on the business and to your family's inheritance. For private, owner-managed, or family-owned businesses, a solid succession plan can drive the growth of the business, reduce taxes, and set the stage for retirement and continued growth of the business for generations to come.
Business owners invest a great deal of blood, sweat and tears in building the family business. It’s an environment which often cultivates a “business first” culture. What is often neglected is the careful planning for the continuity of the business at the key stages in the business lifecycle, including the death or incapacity of the family business owners. Here are Murray Beith Murray’s tips for taking care of the bigger picture.
Murray Beith Murray Partner, Peter Shand, has written the article below for The Scotsman today (Monday 13 May), which includes a quote from family business specialist Mairi Mickel, Consultant and Founder of Mairi Mickel’s Business Families:
While many people appreciate the importance of putting in place a Will, many of those who decide to take this step are unaware that the rules governing inheritance are different between Scotland and England. When putting a Will in place, it is therefore necessary to consider whether a Scottish or an English Will is appropriate. This decision can have a significant impact when distributing your estate at a later date.