Estate planning

  • Making the most of the options provided by Swiss law,
  • Maintaining your spouse’s lifestyle after your death,
  • Safeguarding the wealth that you carefully built up for future generations.

Your wealth strategy must be designed to grow your assets. But the structure of your wealth is important too, as this will affect how you pass it along to future generations. Our specialists know the ins and outs of Swiss law in the area of estate planning. We are also adept at handling highly complex situations – even in cases of disagreement within the family. Working with you, they will come up with an arrangement that will allow you to pass along your property to the individuals or legal entities of your choosing.

We help you to achieve peace of mind

Property transfer taxes, the disposable and reserved portions of an estate, estate inventory… the legal and tax aspects of inheritance law are highly complex. They get even more convoluted when the estate involves people or property in other countries. Our experts are well versed in all these fields. They will work together to develop a comprehensive approach to your particular situation. You can rest assured that you are in excellent hands.

This is the dollar value – roughly equivalent to the United States’ annual GDP – that will be inherited around the world between now and 2045.
Residents of Vaud Canton can give gifts of up to 9,999 Swiss francs, tax-free, to as many people as they want.
Spouses and relatives who are direct heirs have been exempt from gift and inheritance tax in most Swiss cantons since 2004.

Case study

One of our clients wants to be sure his partner, with whom he shares his life, will be able to maintain her lifestyle in the event of his death. Our specialists advised him to take advantage of new options offered under Swiss pension law. Starting several years ago, your life partner can receive some of your pension savings. While Swiss national insurance coverage (AVS) does not pay out to life partners, occupational pension plans often do. And when it comes to restricted personal retirement products, the main beneficiary can be the person with whom the policyholder shared their life for at least five years up to their death. Here again, planning is the key to peace of mind.

Etre serein de transmettre son patrimoine à ses proches.

Keeping watch

The tax component of estate planning is paramount, in particular if different countries are involved. For example, in 2015, France changed its laws so that it can now tax a French resident who receives an inheritance from a Swiss resident.

Portfolio adjustments

Depending on where your heirs live, it may make sense to rethink the composition of your securities portfolio to make it more tax efficient.

Making it last

Under some circumstances, setting up a joint inheritance can help to ensure that the wealth you have built up remains intact and within the family.

Charities and foundations

For the philanthropically minded, one way of ensuring your heirs continue to uphold the values you hold dear is to create a foundation with your estate.

Here’s how we can help you to achieve your life goals

We will sit down with you and analyse your wealth situation: your finances, your current needs and your life goals. We will then come up with a comprehensive solution aimed at optimising your financial and tax situation.


Piguet Galland
private bankers since 1856

Piguet Galland was created from the merger of two longstanding private banks. As part of BCV Group, we are able to draw on the expertise of a large banking group.


Our teams move to our new Pléiades building in Geneva.


BCV Group buys Banque Franck, Galland & Cie SA.

Banque Franck acquires Banque Galland in Lausanne and becomes Franck, Galland & Cie SA.


Banque Cantonale Vaudoise takes a majority stake in Banque Piguet & Cie, which is then incorporated.

Mobilier conçu dans les années 30 et dessiné par Franck Lloyd Wright

Alain Franck fonde la Banque Franck à Genève.

Banque Galland

Alfred Galland founds Galland & Landis in Lausanne.

Banque Piguet

Alfred Piguet marries Louis Michod's daughter, and Banque Michod becomes Banque Alfred Piguet & Cie.


Banque Michod, the first private bank in Yverdon-les-Bains, is founded.

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Safeguarding your children’s future

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Business succession

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Keeping up your standard of living during retirement

Keeping up your standard of living during retirement

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