Bryan's practice focuses on estate administration, wills, trust administration, powers of attorney and Court of Protection work.

With some 35 years’ experience, Bryan ensures that his clients are given the benefit of his knowledge as well as the best advice. Bryan has many clients that return time and again. Bryan’s particular expertise is in the administration of both simple and complex estates, high value and intestate estates, and, where possible, ensuring inheritance tax savings.

He advises on and drafts wills (mirror wills, life interest wills and discretionary trust wills), inheritance tax planning, powers of attorney, deputyship applications and other Court of Protection applications.

Bryan qualified as a solicitor in 1985.

Work highlights

Inheritance tax saving

Creating a £100k saving on Inheritance Tax on an estate valued at £1million+ by submitting a Deed of Variation to HMRC.


Utilising capital gains tax allowance

Preparing deeds to provide children of the deceased with the benefit of two annual CGT allowances upon sale of a property following the death of a parent.


Recent articles

Insights

The Flexible Life Interest Trust: a modern estate planning solution

A FLIT is often used when there is a second marriage and is sometimes described as the ‘ideal modern family trust’. We explain the advantages and disadvantages of using one.

12/06/2024

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Taper Relief: a way to ease the tax burden of lifetime gifts made before the final curtain call

Michael Derrick explains what taper relief is, illustrates how it works and highlights the IHT savings that can be achieved.

06/06/2024

Media spotlight

DMH Stallard noted as one of the best firms for championing women

legalbusiness.co.uk writes about the number of female professionals ranked in leading legal directory Legal500, with DMH Stallard holding 14 rankings across 20+ departments in the latest edition.

11/03/2024

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Controversy surrounds remote Will witnessing amidst rising inheritance disputes

The once lawful practice of remotely witnessing Wills is to be removed due to a surge in contentious inheritance disputes

20/02/2024