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Family Law, Estate Planning and Probate Administration

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Our Firm offers expert services in family law matters namely probate and administration, trusts, estate planning and will drafting.

Family Law

At CM Advocates, we have an experienced team of family business lawyers who can assist you in a number of matters related to estate planning as well as probate and administration.

  • Our services offerings include:
  • Drafting of a Family Constitution;
  • Drafting of a Shareholders’ agreement in line with IFC Handbook on Family Owned Businesses;
  • Aligning your company’s Memorandum and Articles of Association to the shareholders’ agreement;
  • Transfer of family properties to a family holding company (for ease of administration and tax efficiency) and procuring the requisite tax exemptions on transfer of family properties such a vehicle;
  • Creating of an effective group structures (where there are more than one companies);
  • Company secretarial issues;
  • Corporate governance advisory;
  • Executive Managers/directors’ contracts and their remuneration structure including HR Manual;
  • Wills and family trusts; (j) Set up of a Family foundation or Charity;
  • Planning and executing a Succession Planning Strategy. Succession Planning

This is undoubtedly the most important business decision that you can make as business owner, and undeniably the toughest.

For a family business, succession is a once-in-a-lifetime decision. Perhaps no undertaking has as much potential to exacerbate the special stresses or, conversely, highlight the special advantages of operating a family business.

Why come to think with us?

And as if the business, emotional, legal and technical issues weren’t thorny enough, consider this daunting fact: only about 30 per cent of family businesses survive into a second generation.

As shy as many families may be to tackle the issue of succession planning, the health and longevity of a family business depend on a well-executed succession planning, developing a robust plan and communicating the results to the right stakeholders in a timeous manner. Doing so will increase the likelihood of your business enduring beyond the leadership transition, delivering lasting value to your family.

Succession Plan and Strategy

At CM Advocates’ family business services, we have a professional legal and business-minded team dedicated to helping family business owners develop an effective succession plan. Further, we shall also assist you in each step in the execution of the plan, so that the whole process runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

Sale of the Business

If a sale is the best option, we work with you to get the best price for your business by identifying the right buyer, while respecting your confidentiality.

Tax-Efficient Structuring

Succession planning is one area where your leverage tends to diminish with time. The decisions you make will affect the future of your business, customers, employees, community and, most importantly, yourself and your family. Therefore, it is often wise to solidify a business succession plan sooner rather than later.

We invite you to contact us to explore how we can help you turn your biggest challenge into one of your biggest opportunities by creating a legacy of success.

Probate & Administration

In probate and administration, matters we seek to facilitate the succession process and resolve any family disputes arising. We explore alternative dispute resolution mechanisms to settle family disputes and expediently conclude court processes.

Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning

The firm’s Estate Planning Department assists families to preserve, create, diversify and grow family wealth by employing sophisticated and comprehensive estate planning techniques such as creation of family holding companies, family limited partnerships, qualified personal residence trusts, irrevocable life insurance trust, charitable gifts, self canceling installment notes and private annuities among others.

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