A Guide for US Purchasers of UK Residential Property

A Guide for US Purchasers of UK Residential Property

Uncovering the Traps Beyond the Transaction

The UK and London in particular remains an appealing destination for HNW US families looking to relocate or invest in residential property, despite the potential to find themselves swimming against the tax tide.


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When acquiring UK property, aside from seeking legal support on conveyancing, US purchasers should seek advice on the broader tax and legal implications. As with any substantial acquisition or investment, there will always be traps for the unwary. Where US purchasers are concerned, the traps can be more common and more dangerous. Taking advice from the outset will enable pro-active planning and help to avoid costly future mitigation.

In this report, Forsters’ partners from across Private Client, Residential Property and Family, along with specialists in the industry, share their insights on the current UK market for US buyers and how best to navigate the specific risks for US-connected clients.


Introduction - A positive outlook for the UK Property Market

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Tax and estate planning considerations

In this article we cover:

  • Capital Gains Tax
  • Inheritance Tax
  • Life Insurance
  • Wills

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Asset protection considerations

In this article we cover:

  • Use of trusts
  • Protecting against divorce or separation
    • Nuptial agreements
    • Cohabitation

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Buying and selling luxury residential property in a competitive market

The purchase or sale of a high value home requires expert legal advice to manage the complexities involved. Our lawyers are dedicated to sharing their knowledge to enable you to navigate the legal practicalities of buying and selling high value assets. We will support you through every stage of the process, and with the largest dedicated Residential Property team in London, we have the strength to do this. Visit our Hub to learn more.

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