Focus SWW Autumn 2016 - Page 9

The second hurdle is “domicile,” a very important (and very vague) concept. You could be resident in the UK, but a Bahraini domicile. In which case, very different tax rules will apply to your estate. Domicile is largely decided by birth and nationality but is also decided with reference to how long you lived in a certain place, your intentions of returning to your birthplace, where you intend to be buried, and many factors besides. Another hurdle: even with a sound Will (and an appropriate Will for the overseas country in question) and your executors working effectively in the UK, will they be able to deal with the overseas matters? Some countries have very different practices and courts systems. Pragmatically it can be expensive and exhausting, travelling to and from the country, as may at times be necessary. We have known some clients become very frustrated with companies and law firms abroad, in estates in Spain, Cyprus, Bahrain, Italy and further afield. Our advice is to have a separate, local Will for the assets in that country, with local, suitable executors in place that you already know and trust. The UK assets can then be left for us to deal with, giving you peace of mind at home and abroad. The Society of Will Writers 7