Why Gerald Edelman?

At Gerald Edelman, we work closely with individuals, families, executors and administrators looking to retain the maximum possible value from their estate. Our experienced team advises on all aspects of inheritance tax planning and will ensure you benefit from every relief for which you are eligible.

The threshold for inheritance tax (IHT) currently stands at £325,000, and any value above that amount is subject to a 40% tax rate. However, the rules around this are relatively complex. There are many ways to offset any costs incurred above this threshold, which we can discuss with you as part of a free initial consultation.

Get in touch via the ‘Contact' button above to discuss your situation with one of our inheritance tax accountants in London today, or discover more about the services we offer below.

How can we help?

Inheritance Tax Planning icon

Inheritance Tax Planning

Our team can help you fully understand your inheritance tax implications and commitments. We'll then plan the most tax-efficient way to pass on your wealth.

Inheritance Tax Relief icon

Inheritance Tax Relief

The nil rate band for inheritance tax in the UK is currently £325,000. Anything above the threshold is taxable at 40%, but there are reliefs and exemptions available. We'll advise on your eligibility.

Wills icon


It's never a good idea to leave the distribution of your estate to chance. We're here to guide you through the will-making process and ensure all your wishes are met.

Trusts icon


We can help mitigate your inheritance tax liability by assigning trust funds for family members, reducing the total amount your family will be due to pay back to HMRC.

Gifts icon


Whether given outright or as part of a trust, gifting is an important consideration for any wealth management strategy and can help protect your estate as it is passed down through your family.

What happens next?

Careful inheritance tax planning is essential to ensure your loved ones will never have to consider selling your family home, heirlooms or investments to cover the cost of your inheritance tax bill.

As Head of our Inheritance Tax services, Amal Shah has decades of experience in tax planning and will make sure you benefit from all available tax-free allowances and deductions. Please also note that inheritance tax involves a set of strict deadlines that must be met to avoid further issues or costs. 

We'd be happy to arrange a free consultation with you over the phone, by video call, or at our Cornhill office in the City. To get in touch, fill in the enquiry form above or contact us at +44 (0)20 7299 1400 to speak to one of the inheritance tax specialists in our London office.  

Meet the team

"My work mainly focuses on providing tax advice to clients, from high net worth individuals and personal tax clients to non-resident landlords."

"I help clients with tax-efficient ways of holding wealth, the tax on property income, and the optimum ways of passing onto future generations."

"Tax is ever-changing. My clients can expect focused and in-depth advice on income, capital gains, corporation, or inheritance matters."

Frequently Asked Questions

Could we use a Family Investment Company (FIC) as part of our inheritance tax strategy?

A Family Investment Company (FIC) is a bespoke family investment vehicle in the form of a company whose directors and shareholders are, usually, individual family members or those close to you.

An FIC can hold a wide variety of assets, including property and shares. It is a flexible investment vehicle that allows a family to determine how each member can benefit by defining the rights attached to each class of shares. If the company is correctly structured, it allows the principal to retain control of the company by way of holding voting rights. However, it allows the beneficiaries, usually the settlor's children, to hold income and capital growth shares. The effect is to remove the capital growth value of the company from the principal's estate and pass this on to the beneficiaries, in turn reducing the total inheritance tax bill that should be payable on death.

What are Potentially Exempt Transfers (PETS)?

Potentially Exempt Transfers (PETs) are gifts made during a person's lifetime that are not immediately subject to inheritance tax when the gift is made. However, it may be taxed should the donor pass away within seven years from the date of the gift.

The effective rates of tax on the excess over the nil rate band are:

  • 0 to 3 years before death: 40%
  • 3 to 4 years before death: 32%
  • 4 to 5 years before death: 24%
  • 5 to 6 years before death: 16%
  • 6 to 7 years before death: 8%

What is a Trust?

Trusts are relationships in which one party, known as the settlor, gives another party, known as the trustee, the right to hold legal title to property or assets for the benefit of a third party, the beneficiary. Trusts are commonly established to provide protection over the settled property, ensuring those assets are managed in accordance with the settlor's wishes. Where appropriate, it can be an important financial planning tool to protect family wealth and succession.

Why draw up a will?

It is important to make a will because:

  1. If you die without a will, there are certain rules which dictate how the money, property or possessions should be allocated. This may not be how you would have wished your money and possessions to be distributed.
  2. Unmarried partners and partners who have not registered a civil partnership cannot inherit from each other unless there is a will, so the death of one partner may create serious financial problems for the remaining partner.
  3. If you have children, you will need to make a will so that arrangements for the children can be made if either one or both parents die.
  4. It may be possible to reduce an estate's tax bill if inheritance tax advice is taken in advance and a will is made.
  5. If your circumstances have changed, it is important that you make a will to ensure that your money and possessions are distributed according to your wishes. For example, if you have separated and your ex-partner lives with someone else, you may want to change your will. If you are married or enter into a registered civil partnership, this will make any previous will you have made invalid.

To speak to our team, call us or send us a message using the following form and we will be in touch.

T: +44 (0)20 7299 1400