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Modern Family

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Modern Family: Protecting Loved Ones

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Speakers: Alan Eccles


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3hrs CPD

Modern families introduce a range of legal issues around succession, tax and securing family wealth. There are also increasing global connections as people work and live abroad.

This seminar will look at some key points about taking control and avoiding traps when dealing with the complexities of families.

This Seminar will cover the following topics:

  • initial will instructions
  • strategies for estate planning that protects family wealth for the "right" beneficiaries
  • the interaction with family law
  • cohabitation
  • tax traps associated with estate planning for second relationships
  • international succession opportunities and problems
  • the perennial issue of legal rights
  • complex assets that make families complex
  • pension 'inheritance'
  • contentious cases during life and post-death.
  • The event begins at 2pm. Delegate registration is open from 1:30pm.

    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.