We provide contemporary, bespoke and holistic Private Client Services including Estate & Legacy Planning, Trusteeship/Asset Custodial, Family Business Advisory & Governance, Islamic Estate Planning and Wealth Preservation Solutions.
"My family owns a palm oil mill. We have been in business for over two decades. We are concerned about the intergenerational sustainability of the family's business, professionalising the business, and setting up a governance structure."
We understand that due to various interests and family dynamics, there is bound to be friction when running a family business which can derail the business from its desired goals and objectives.
As Family business and wealth Advisors, we provide advisory and governance services to Family Businesses. We help families identify key pillars and values that will serve both the best interests of the business and family members, and aid the long-term sustainability of the relationship among the family members, owners, and the Board.
We offer bespoke advice and produce relevant documentation detailing ownership succession, management succession, and sound corporate governance amongst others.
"I want to draft a will that would sufficiently capture my wishes for all of my properties and investments to take care of my family members. I want strict enforcement of my wishes upon my death.”
Probate and Administration Your Will is your last and final wish in respect of your properties and wealth. Hence we are committed to ensuring that your Will is well detailed, specific to each beneficiary, and respected upon your death.
As your Executors, we ensure that the administration of your estate and execution of your wishes are in tandem with your instructions. As part of our work, we facilitate the procurement of probate letters, distribution of estate assets, and administration of the residue of your estate. We are neither conflicted nor influenced by anyone and you can be rest assured of a professional and confidential service despite your absence.
"I hold accounts and assets jointly with my wife but my wife and I both have children from previous marriages in addition to the ones we both have in our marriage. I am confused as to how I can distribute my estate given our blended family. What would you advise?"
Blended Family Wealth Planning
Blended families are not uncommon these days. This can complicate estate and wealth transfer planning because there are typically multiple heirs from different bloodlines involved. And when there are real estate and/or business interests to consider, things get even more blurry.
Maintaining control over this type of Estate to meet primary goals can still be simple but it's not always easy and does take some work.
While we acknowledge that different strokes will be applied for different scenarios, we can amongst other solutions, set up a trust that can acquire and manage the estate to support your families so that no one is indirectly disinherited.
"I am looking to acquire a sunseeker tomahawk 37 Yacht and require advisory on the acquisition procedure and relevant tax implication."
Whether you are looking to buy, dispose or raise finance against significant art pieces, collectibles, artifacts, vintage books, fine wine collections, private jets, yachts, classic cars, supercars, jewelry, and other luxury assets, we render expert advice on the most valuable luxury goods to acquire and tailored ownership structures that are both tax efficient and efficient in the preservation of the asset.
"My family and I have been blessed and we have acquired some landed (real estate) and financial assets (bonds, equities, treasury Bills, etc.) I will prefer that I have a consolidated view of our assets as well as liabilities (taxes).”
Growing and preserving your family wealth is crucial for financial stability presently and in the future. We work with your advisers and other professionals to optimize your assets portfolio (real estate & financial assets) and also provide cross-border opportunities leveraging on our extensive international network to diversify your assets base.
"Considering my significant asset level and the sustainable businesses built over the years, how can I best prepare the next generation for the responsibilities of wealth?"
Next generation – Coaching and Advisory We understand the importance of family values and traditions. We undertake the process of discussing long preserved values with our clients' next and succeeding generations.
Bearing in mind that values should be reflective of your family as a unit, we create an environment of inclusivity by ensuring every member of your family participates in and contributes to the discussion.
We develop tailor-made structures for coaching and advisory of the next generation for the succession of the family business and wealth.
"I need the services of a firm for the management of my family's assets, wealth, and select private affairs"
Family Offices We offer customised, practical solutions that are flexible enough to adapt to changing family circumstances. From investment management to advisory on charitable giving, we offer a total financial solution to high-net-worth individuals and help our clients set, clear goals and objectives and make sound decisions.
"I am concerned about the welfare of my dependents and seamless provision for their current needs as well as distribution of my assets when I am dead."
Estate and Legacy Planning (Onshore/Offshore) Our estate planning service offers guidance and assists our clients with structuring their succession plan and transfer of wealth to the next generation, the formation of trust and advisory on the tax benefits, management of assets under trust, and asset growth.
“I am worried about the many regulatory and compliance issues I have with my business. I need a good corporate services provider to help with them.”
Governance Governance is a very important integral part of any successful and sustainable business organization. Corporate Governance entails excellent management of the company, prompt compliance with statutory regulations and best practices., Board evaluation and continuous Board education. The consequence of not instituting a good corporate governance structure is very detrimental to the health of the business enterprise. When good corporate governance is abandoned, a company runs the risk of collapse, and not only the shareholders but everyone who has any interest whatsoever in the company suffers substantially.
“I am a business person, and I have accumulated significant assets and wealth over the years. I am truly thankful to Almighty God for His many mercies upon me and all the people who supported me in several ways in being successful. Now, to pay it forward, I desire to give back to my community in any little way that I can.”
Philanthropy It is often said that charity does not deplete one’s wealth, it only increases it because, at First Fiduciary, we recognize our clients’ desires to give back hence we work together with them to develop a personalized giving or charity program that truly reflects their desired intentions.
Whether the goal is to establish a registered Foundation or set up a Private Trust for the benefit of a certain category of persons within the community, we have the capabilities to bring our client’s intentions and goals to reality.
“I am a devout and wealthy Muslim and considering my age, I need to start planning how to ensure that my assets are properly inherited by my family members in accordance with the dictates of the Qur’an.”
Islamic Estate Planning We respect the values and beliefs of our clients, especially regarding the faith-based injunctions that matter most to them.
We also understand their concerns as to what would happen to their assets and wealth when they are no longer here. This is why, at First Fiduciary, we have dedicated in-house personnel who are experts in Islamic Estate and Succession and who would help institute a Shariah-compliant Estate plan to address the concerns of our Muslim clients.
“I have footprints within the digital and metaverse space. I have an amazon account, a Facebook account, and some Cryptocurrencies I purchased. I would like to know if I can transfer, gift, or set up an estate plan around these assets.”
Digital Assets Digital assets are our memories, money, and records held in digital format as against paper form. They include our emails, social media accounts, digital photos, gaming accounts, loyalty points, reward points, gaming tokens, cloud accounts, YouTube channels, Cryptocurrencies, shopping accounts, and digital wallets. Digital assets hold both financial and sentimental values to people.
Given our existing digital footprints and ownership of digital assets, we need to plan our digital legacy as part of our estate plan.
Our Digital Assets Advisors are poised to work with you on all matters concerning your digital assets.
At 1st Fiduciary, we handle the management, transfer, and distribution of your assets, applying various estate planning tools customized to suit your wishes and existing peculiarities. We work with our clients to develop bespoke solutions that effectively address their specific contemporary concerns on Wealth Management, Legacy Planning, and the security of their family/dependents’ future.