• "It's a big and highly renowned firm, but whenever you deal with the lawyers you still receive a very client-focused, solution-focused and personal service. "

     

    Client in Chambers Europe 2016

  • "Market-leading."

     

    Legal 500 2017

  • "Top quality in every respect."

     

    Chambers HNW guide 2018

  • "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

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

     

    Comment from Chambers Private Wealth Law 2017

  • "One of the best firms in Switzerland and I would use them for a range of matters across the spectrum."

     

    Client in Chambers HNW guide 2018

  • "My first choice for private client work."

     

    Client in Chambers HNW guide 2018

  • "Sometimes they're on the other side, and they're always great to have as adversaries because they're smart."

     

    Client in Chambers HNW guide 2018

 

 

 

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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Publications

Brexit and Swiss Migration Law: Existing rights protected by a bilateral agreement between Switzerland and the UK
Stoltz Thomas / Fuchs Anja / Mancosu Frédéric,

Bär & Karrer Briefing March 2019

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Verein – Stiftung – Trust, Entwicklungen 2017
Brugger Lukas / Dominique Jakob / Michèle Ritz / Nadine Spahni / Alisa Zehner,

njus.ch, Bern 2018

Haftung des Willensvollstreckers inkl. Versicherung: Länderbericht Schweiz
Leu Daniel,

in: Hans Rainer Künzle (Hrsg.), 2. Schweizerisch-deutscher Testamentsvollstreckertag, 14/2018, p. 261 ff.

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Speaking Engagements

The grand tour of Europe Private wealth structuring in a Europe-populist / Brexit affected world
Wüstemann Tina,

Speaker, International Private Client Forum, (Organizer: Legal Week), 15 – 17 November 2018, Italy

Ausgewählte Aspekte der nationalen und internationalen Güterrechts- und Nachlassplanung
Wüstemann Tina,

The 15th Zurich Annual Conference on International Trust and Inheritance Law Practise (Veranstalter: Europa Institut an der Universität Zürich, Moderation/Leitung Tina Wüstemann), 7. November 2018, Zürich

EU-Güterrechtsverordnung
Leu Daniel,

The 15th Zurich Annual Conference on International Trust and Inheritance Law Practise, Ausgewählte Aspekte der nationalen und internationalen Güterrechts- und Nachlassplanung (Veranstalter: Europainstitut EIZ), 7. November 2018, Zürich

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