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Samina Aslam

Consultant Solicitor

Samina AslamI am a Private Client Solicitor and joined Berlad Graham in March 2021.

I’m passionate about making sure your personal affairs and finances are in order during your life, so that your loved ones are not faced with any unwelcomed challenges!

With my experience and expertise, I can help you and your family with the following:

 

MAKING A WILL

Unlike many other countries, you have complete freedom to choose who you want to give your money and assets to. However, if you die without one, the law directs who your hard earned money passes to, which you may not necessarily agree with! To prevent this from happening, I can assist you with:

– Preparing Wills, ranging from simple to including trusts, foreign assets and non-domiciliary issues.

– Providing all the side notes which should accompany the Will. This essentially makes the job of the person handing your estate substantially easier and cheaper.

– Reviewing your current Will to check any necessary updates and changes.

– Preparing a codicil – because sometimes, there is no need to re-do the entire Will.

– Registering your Will for peace of mind with a national database.

– Preparing a statutory Will if someone has already lost mental capacity.

 

DEALING WITH A DECEASED’S ESTATE (PROBATE)

It is difficult enough to come to terms when a loved one has died let alone having to deal with the legal processes which follows. I can help you complete the entire process of administering an estate from start to finish, including the following technical aspects:

– Maximising tax reliefs, allowances and exemptions applicable.

– Changing a Will with a view to minimising inheritance tax liability in an estate.

– Spotting tax saving opportunities for beneficiaries.

– Working out all taxes applicable during the administration period (eg: inheritance, capital gains and income tax).

– Registering the estate and trusts with HMRC following recently introduced requirements.

– Preparing a full set of estate accounts showing a breakdown of all the funds received and paid during the administration process.

 

PROTECTING YOUR ASSETS/WEALTH

With every individual and family set up unique to them, I explore your circumstances, aims and objectives to see whether your money can be better served and protected. Do any of these apply to you?:

– Is there a disabled or vulnerable child or a family member you want to provide for.

– Have you or a family member received a lump sum cash  following a compensation claim.

– Do you have a death in service benefit policy with your employer of significant value.

– Would  you rather keep control of your assets/wealth and retain the flexibility in giving it away.

– You want to protect your assets/wealth against potential future divorces, bankruptcy and care home costs.

– You feel uneasy leaving your assets/wealth to children at 18 and rather it is passed on when they are older.

 

WEALTH AND TAX PLANNING

Recent events have meant there is a real focus on taxes, which makes it even more important than ever to take stock of planning your wealth for the future. Regardless of how small you may think your estate is worth, it is sensible to set your affairs in order in your lifetime to ensure you maximise your wealth passing in the way you want to.  With this in mind, I can provide you with:

– A comprehensive review of your estate by analysing each asset and liability.

– A snapshot of your inheritance tax liability based on the values of the above.

– Effective solutions tailored to your needs and objectives to mitigate the inheritance tax and other tax liabilities.

– Work collaboratively with experts to provide you a holistic service (eg: independent Financial Advisors, Wealth Planners, Accountants etc).

 

GIFTING

Before you give away a property or lump sum of cash  to a loved one as a gift, rest yourself assured of these questions first:

– Will you have any adverse tax consequences eg: inheritance tax or capital gains tax?

– Will the person you are giving the gift to be liable to pay any taxes?

– Is there an alternate way of giving the gift without incurring taxes?

– Aside from tax, are there any other risks and concerns you need to be aware of?

 

LASTING POWERS OF ATTORNEY (LPA)

All too often, the importance of an LPA is realised when it’s too late.  I help you avoid being in this situation by:

– Preparing and registering the LPAs on your behalf.

– Registering an Enduring Power of Attorney.

– Advising you on ways to protect your assets and finances once the LPAs are in place.

– Advising you and your chosen Attorney(s) to access the digital services available.

– Revoking and/or updating your current LPAs.

 

DEPUTYSHIPS

If someone who has already lost mental capacity, the only way you will be able to make decisions on their behalf is to become their Deputy. To enable this, I can assist with:

– Preparing and submitting the application for a Deputyship Order to the Court of Protection.

 

MEMBERSHIPS AND  QUALIFICATIONS

  • Affiliate member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners).
  • Member of the Private Client Section of the Law Society.
  • Associate Member of the Solicitor for the Elderly (SfE).Samina Aslam
  • Legal Practice Course (LPC) from The University of Law.
  • LLB from School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

 

LANGUAGES

I can speak Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi and can get by with French.

 

INTERESTS

Outside of the work, I can be found cycling in country parks, making desserts and creating digital content for my blog.

Please contact Samina on

sa@bglaw.co.uk
+44 (0) 330 175 5655
+44 (0) 1895 590 222

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