First post in a long time here but thought people on here might have some experience in this. My GF is involved in the whole probate, inheritance thing after the death of her father and is facing an inheritance tax bill. Her fathers wife has been told to do a deed of variation and then "gift" back the property which has passed down through the will as this will avoid inheritence tax. Does anyone have any experience in this?? What are the risks? Tax evasion? The wife not giving the property back if things went sour? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.