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Bart Verdickt

Private client attorney

Specialism: Lawyers Estate Planning

Company: Laga

Location: Zaventem, Belgium

Citywealth rating

3.8
Average: 3.8 (5 votes)
Fee Level:
3.8
Average: 3.8 (5 votes)
Quality of Advice
3.8
Average: 3.8 (5 votes)
Communications Skills
3.8
Average: 3.8 (5 votes)
Interpersonal Skills
3.8
Average: 3.8 (5 votes)
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Private client review:

We recently had a very positive experience working with Bart on a complex heritage case linked to my father as it covered several cross-border jurisdictions in Europe. During the whole iterative process, Bart gave us a very professional support with an acceptable outcome in the final heritage for all my father’s siblings, given the original specifications in our father’s will. Bart has a pro-active and communicative style that gave us as clients a strong and positive supportive feeling during this difficult process. When going beyond his own Belgian & international expertise he involved local legal support with the proper guidance.

18 Jul 2019

Private client review:

My experiences as a client of Bart Verdickt were very positive. From the moment I contacted him, he was prompt, solicitous, respectful and personable. My situation required the synthesis of tax and estate laws over multiple countries, and coordination with different legal teams. Bart was adept both in situating himself, educating me, and well as interfacing with the others, allowing us to make steady headway int he matter. When the work was done, I felt very well taken care of. I felt that he took my needs seriously, and was eager to ask questions, find out more, and help, rather than feeling groomed or cultivated as a client to maximize his business. Moreover, Bart brought with him a good team and then, towards the end of our working relationship, passed me on to good people. I would highly recommend Bart both as a highly competent expert in his field and an amenable and trustworthy working partner.

09 Jul 2019

Institutional client review:

Mr. Bart Verdickt is a first class lawyer with a very good reputation. He has developed a very broad and in-depth knowledge in (international) estate planning for UHNW individuals. Additionally he can easily translate his knowledge into tailor-made solutions for his clients. He is easy to get along with and very prompt. In contact with clients he is quite sensible and very pragmatic. This makes him very easy to work with. Furthermore he combines his high-level legal knowledge with a spot on written and oral communication. He is exceptionally skilled in the drafting of legal contracts and legal opinions. Another strength of working with Bart Verdickt is that he always is there for you and the client when you are in urgent need of assistance. This attitude really is a game changer in contacts with private clients and high net worth individuals. I can strongly recommend working with him and believe that the advice, service and value for money that Bart Verdickt offers cannot be beaten in Belgium.

09 Jul 2019

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Private client review:

We recently had a very positive experience working with Bart on a complex heritage case linked to my father as it covered several cross-border jurisdictions in Europe. During the whole iterative process, Bart gave us a very professional support with an acceptable outcome in the final heritage for all my father’s siblings, given the original specifications in our father’s will. Bart has a pro-active and communicative style that gave us as clients a strong and positive supportive feeling during this difficult process. When going beyond his own Belgian & international expertise he involved local legal support with the proper guidance.

18 Jul 2019

Private client review:

My experiences as a client of Bart Verdickt were very positive. From the moment I contacted him, he was prompt, solicitous, respectful and personable. My situation required the synthesis of tax and estate laws over multiple countries, and coordination with different legal teams. Bart was adept both in situating himself, educating me, and well as interfacing with the others, allowing us to make steady headway int he matter. When the work was done, I felt very well taken care of. I felt that he took my needs seriously, and was eager to ask questions, find out more, and help, rather than feeling groomed or cultivated as a client to maximize his business. Moreover, Bart brought with him a good team and then, towards the end of our working relationship, passed me on to good people. I would highly recommend Bart both as a highly competent expert in his field and an amenable and trustworthy working partner.

09 Jul 2019

Institutional client review:

Mr. Bart Verdickt is a first class lawyer with a very good reputation. He has developed a very broad and in-depth knowledge in (international) estate planning for UHNW individuals. Additionally he can easily translate his knowledge into tailor-made solutions for his clients. He is easy to get along with and very prompt. In contact with clients he is quite sensible and very pragmatic. This makes him very easy to work with. Furthermore he combines his high-level legal knowledge with a spot on written and oral communication. He is exceptionally skilled in the drafting of legal contracts and legal opinions. Another strength of working with Bart Verdickt is that he always is there for you and the client when you are in urgent need of assistance. This attitude really is a game changer in contacts with private clients and high net worth individuals. I can strongly recommend working with him and believe that the advice, service and value for money that Bart Verdickt offers cannot be beaten in Belgium.

09 Jul 2019

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Assisting an American citizen

Mr. X is an American citizen who first approached us with questions on how to settle in Belgium. We initially assisted Mr. X in obtaining a Belgian residency permit. As Belgium does not offer investor visa’s as such, it was decided to apply for an employee visa. To this purpose, a Belgian company was set up to perform various artistic activities (Mr. X is an acclaimed artist), of which Mr. X became an employee.

 

The situation of Mr. X as a Belgian resident then offered additional hurdles to tackle. Indeed, Mr. X’s father had set up a US trust fund to benefit his three children, including Mr. X. This then triggered the potential application of the Cayman Tax, a – then recently introduced – type of transparent taxation for certain Belgian residents involved in foreign wealth structures, including trusts.

 

This provided two substantial issues. Firstly, the Cayman Tax transparently taxes Belgian residents on the income of the wealth structure, even in the absence of any actual distributions. Given the size of the trust fund, in combination with the lack of distributions, this could have resulted in hefty tax bill for Mr. X, without any cash to pay. Secondly, the trust deed contained a clause excluding any beneficiaries residing in a jurisdiction that would tax the income of the trust, which Belgium had just become under the Cayman tax.

 

After further analysis, however, we found that as long as the father of Mr. X (as settlor of the trust) is alive, the Cayman tax could be postponed. To support this analysis, a binding ruling was applied for with the Belgian tax administration, although before this process could be finalized, Mr. X had already decided to leave Belgium again in search of new endeavors.