• "Co-operates closely with tax and corporate teams to provide clients with a full service that addresses all their needs."


    Chambers Europe 2016

  • "A leading Swiss law firm."


    Interviewee in Chambers Private Wealth Law 2017

  • "The lawyers' turn-around times are terrific and they are practical and resourceful."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2015

  • "Bär & Karrer has a stellar private wealth offering with a deep bench of excellent practictioners."


    Comment from Chambers Private Wealth Law 2017

  • "Outstanding practice offering market-leading advice to both Swiss and international clients."


    Chambers Europe 2015

  • "First class practice."


    Legal 500 2016

  • "The firm has huge experience in wealth planning, trusts and estate litigation and tax issues."


    Comment from Chambers Private Wealth Law 2017

  • "Stellar practice with a deep bench of excellent practitioners in Zürich, Geneva, Lugano and Zug."


    Chambers Europe 2016

  • "The excellent team couples fast response times with insightful, commercially aware advice."


    Legal 500 2012

  • "Highly regarded for its private client work."


    Chambers Europe 2012

  • "Boasts a wealth of experience in advising Swiss and international clients."


    Chambers Europe 2016

  • "The lawyers are team players and listen to what clients say."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2015

  • "The lawyers are very knowledgeable, intelligent and creative."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2015

  • "Received excellent feedback from new and established clients alike."


    Chambers Europe 2012




Private Clients, Trusts & Estates


Our private client team advises private clients and their families on all matters relating to matrimonial property and succession law, including domestic and international estate planning, estate administration and executorships. We also assist our clients with regard to taking up residence and domicile in Switzerland.


We advise clients on using and setting up legal structures, including trusts or other structures in foreign jurisdictions.


Trust and estate matters have become increasingly contentious and there is a continuous trend to have these matters litigated before Swiss and other civil law courts. We represent our clients in all types of litigation involving trusts, gifts, wills, estates and matrimonial property before Swiss courts and, together with correspondent law firms, before foreign courts and in multi-jurisdictional disputes.


Our strong private clients team comprises specialists from all areas united under one roof. Bär & Karrer's Private Client practice is ranged in first tier by all major ranking agencies e.g. Chambers, Who is Who, "Law Firm of the Year - EMEA" at the Citywealth Magic Circle Awards 2015 in London and "Swiss Law Firm of the Year" at the Citywealth International Financial Centre Awards 2014.


  • Trust and estate litigation
  • Cross-border disputes involving successions, trusts and estates
  • Estate planning
  • Matrimonial property agreements
  • Successions, wills and gifts
  • Executorships
  • Trusts, foundations and international charitable foundations
  • Relocation to Switzerland
  • International mobility for individuals and families
  • Succession planning for closely held enterprises
  • International divorces






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Trennung und Scheidung im internationalen Verhältnis – Planung und strittige Auseinandersetzung
Brändli Gian / Arndt Christine,

in: Roland Fankhauser/Andrea Büchler (eds.), Neunte Schweizer Familienrecht§Tage, Bern 2018

Vorbezüge für Wohneigentum in der güterrechtlichen Auseinandersetzung
Brändli Gian,

in: Alexandra Jungo/Christiana Fountoulakis (Hrsg.), Elterliche Sorge, Betreuungsunterhalt, Vorsorgeausgleich und weitere Herausforderungen, 9. Symposium zum Familienrecht, Universität Freiburg, Zürich/Basel/Genf 2018

Fighting the Scourge: Financial Elder Abuse in Switzerland
Wüstemann Tina,

in Trust & Trustees, Oxford University Press 12/2017, Link

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Speaking Engagements

Moving to or from Switzerland
Wüstemann Tina,

Speaker, Transcontinental Trusts: International Forum 2018, 4 June 2018, Bermuda

International Estate Planning Summit 2018
Suter Christoph / Brändli Gian,

Hochschule Luzern – Wirtschaft, IFZ, Zug, 22. Juni 2018

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Rethink Philanthropy: Wie können Sie Ihre philanthropischen Vorhaben konkret verwirklichen?
Wüstemann Tina,

Speaker, Co-Event Bär & Karrer, ETH Zürich und Lombard Odier, 18. April 2018,  Zürich

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