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Dr. Guido Holler
Guido Holler is a founding partner and managing partner of H&W. He is a specialist lawyer for tax law and a specialist lawyer for inheritance law.
Guido Holler advises H&W’s clients on all legal matters, in particular with regard to inheritance and tax law issues. Inheritance law issues often involve tax-optimised structuring of asset transfers, including anticipated successions. In this context, tax valuation law also plays an important role.
In addition, his focus is on procedural law, in particular in the context of objection and legal action proceedings.
Guido Holler studied law at the University of Heidelberg. He completed his legal traineeship in Constance. At the University of Constance, he wrote his doctoral thesis on the topic of “Changing the method of determining profits in income tax law”. During his traineeship, he also worked for three months in London at the internationally active auditing firm BDO Hamlyn.
After working in the tax department of KPMG in Düsseldorf, Guido Holler joined the law firm TIGGES Rechtsanwälte in 1992. Until the end of 2020, he was a partner in the internationally active law firm TIGGES Rechtsanwälte, for which he still works today as Of Counsel.
Guido Holler was named one of Germany’s top lawyers in the field of inheritance law by FOCUS SPEZIAL “Top Lawyers 2016”.
Guido Holler is a lecturer at the German Tax Advisor Institute (DStI) in the area of inheritance tax law. Here he trains tax advisors in the course for the specialist advisor for business succession in the area of “inheritance and gift tax”. He is also a lecturer within the framework of the compulsory further training courses for the specialist advisers for business succession as well as for the specialist advisers for execution of wills and estate administration.
He also lectures on procedural law for the Düsseldorf Tax Consultants Association, in particular on fiscal court proceedings.
Guido Holler is the regional representative of the Working Group on Inheritance Law in the German Bar Association for the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court District. He organises the “Jour fixe of inheritance and inheritance tax law” once a month in Düsseldorf for all those interested in the topic. He is also a member of the preliminary examination committee for the specialist solicitor for inheritance law of the Düsseldorf Bar Association.
In addition, he regularly publishes in specialist journals on all relevant topics of inheritance tax law.
Ira Will is a founding partner and managing partner of H&W. She is a certified public accountant, tax advisor and specialist consultant for international tax law.
Ira Will focuses on advising medium-sized clients and private individuals, foundations and non-profit organisations. In addition to traditional tax advice and the preparation of annual financial statements, income and surplus statements and the corresponding tax returns, further specialisations include advice in the areas of inheritance and gift tax, including the necessary valuation law, and international tax law.
The majority of these clients are internationally active. Therefore, Ira Will has experience in cross-border tax structuring for companies and private individuals, inter alia, with regard to residency, foreign income and taxation of moving in and out of the country.
Ira Will studied business administration in Münster and then worked in the auditing department at KPMG Düsseldorf from 1990 to 1995. During this time she was an expatriate in Paris for 1½ years in the area of reconciliation of the French commercial balance sheet to the German commercial balance sheet. In March 1995 she successfully passed her examination to become a tax consultant and moved to Treuhand und Revisions AG Niederrhein in Krefeld.
In February 1998 she was publicly appointed as an auditor. From May 2001 to May 2006 she worked as a tax consultant and auditor in her own office. She then moved to the law firm TIGGES Rechtsanwälte. Here she was a partner from 2012 until her retirement at the end of 2020 and managed HOW Steuerberatungsgesellschaft mbH as managing director. In October 2020, she acquired the title of “Specialist Advisor for International Tax Law”.
Ira Will has been a managing partner of H&W Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mbB since 1 January 2021.
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Dr. Frank Birkenbeil,
Frank Birkenbeil strengthens the H&W team as a permanent lawyer.
Frank Birkenbeil’s practice focuses on inheritance law, inheritance and gift tax law, as well as related areas of law. Among other things, he advises on succession planning. In addition to the planning and implementation of lifetime transfers of private and business assets under civil and tax law, this also includes the planning and drafting of testamentary dispositions (e.g. inheritance contracts, wills, spousal wills, “Berlin wills”, etc.).
Dr. Birkenbeil also represents our clients in the judicial enforcement or defense of inheritance law or other civil law claims.
In addition, Dr. Birkenbeil has already acted as executor and executor of estates himself and advises on the subject of execution of wills.
Frank Birkenbeil studied law at Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf. He also completed his legal clerkship at the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf. During his legal clerkship, he worked for a US law firm, among others. Later, he completed his doctorate under Prof. Dr. Karlheinz Muscheler at the Ruhr University of Bochum on the subject of “The lifehold as a structuring tool in inheritance law as well as in inheritance and gift tax law”. In addition, he completed the master’s degree program “Private Wealth Management / Inheritance Law & Corporate Succession” at the Westphalian Wilhelms University of Münster and successfully completed specialist attorney courses in inheritance law, family law and employment law. He is also a certified executor according to the guidelines of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Testamentsvollstreckung und Vermögenssorge e. V. in Bonn.
Most recently, he worked for a large and globally active children’s aid organization in the area of estate administration.