Private Client

Leaving a Legacy

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Leaving a legacy: tricky objects and subjects in a will

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Speakers: Alan Eccles


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3hrs CPD

This seminar will consider issues for successfully leaving legacies under wills.

The discussion will cover legacies for more difficult, complex or unusual assets. It will also look at points needing attention depending on the nature of the recipient: such as younger beneficiaries, capacity issues and charities.

The session will address drafting considerations along with matters arising in contentious situations. For some legacies, there will be tax consequences that affect the legacy and this will also be covered during the event.

Alan's work covers three main areas: charities, private client and parliamentary matters.

Alan's private client work covers estate planning including wills, executries, trusts and inheritance tax. He is the author of the Scotland chapter in the textbook International Succession. As part of his private client advice Alan often advises on incapacity law (powers of attorney, court appointed guardianship and other methods of managing the affairs of those less able to do so). This has involved acting in some of the leading Sottish cases on incapacity law and estate and succession planning. A regular commentator on incapacity law matters, Alan's written work has been referred to in judicial decision making. Of Alan's private client work, the Legal 500 notes that he "conveys complicated legal concepts with clarity and humour".

He was previously a member of the legal staff at the Scottish Law Commission and currently lectures at the University of Strathclyde in property, trusts and charities. Alan has also tutored private client law at the University of Glasgow.

Alan was a member of the Council of the Law Society of Scotland from 2007 to 2009 and the Society's Education and Training Committee from 2007 to 2012. He is currently a member of the Society's Charity Law and Mental Health and Disability Law Committees.