Michael Alden

Michael is a Partner and Head of Private Client.

He specialises in acting for and advising landed estates and agricultural clients. He also advises on Inheritance Tax, Trust formation and on-going administration and the administration of complex estates including Business and Agricultural property as well as Heritage property and works of art. Michael acts as a Court of Protection Deputy for a number of clients with impaired capacity.

Prior to joining Ashfords, Michael was a Partner with Top 30 Law Firm Shoosmiths and prior to that, a Partner with Freeth Cartwright LLP.

Relevant Experience

  • Acting in the administration of a complex Intestacy including applying to the Court for a Variation on behalf of a minor to incorporate an IHT saving arrangement.
  • Advising substantial land-owners with mixed agricultural, engineering and commercial property letting activities on IHT planning under the so called 'Balfour' approach.
  • Advising on a £40 million estate on IHT issues as part of a long-term succession strategy.
  • Acting for a Sicilian born individual now lacking capacity in relation to managing her assets including Sicilian and Italian Properties/assets.
  • Dealing with the estate of a UK domiciled individual with US based (excluded) trusts where domicile had changed since creation of the US Trusts.
  • Complex Will drafting for the owner of a high value historical musical instrument which would, potentially, qualify for Heritage Relief from IHT.
Michael  Alden

Michael Alden

Partner and Head of Private Client

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