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I am the national head of contentious probate for Irwin Mitchell.
I specialise in disputes relating to Wills, Trusts and Estates. I have expertise in claims for financial provision for all types of claimants and defendants. I'm experienced in Will cases which involve issues of mental incapacity, undue influence and any validity issues. I also deal with cases which have involved the construction of the terms of a Will or a trust document.
I have brought claims and defended claims for parties where trustees have acted in breach of their fiduciary duties. I also handle claims for high net worth individuals in relation to proprietary estoppels; these have involved farming partnerships and substantial property portfolios.
I'm a qualified mediator and always look to mediate disputes. However, if appropriate and necessary, I will lead cases to a contested trial.
Paula is a "true specialist" - Legal 500 2016
Paula Myers "inspires a first-rate team" at Irwin Mitchell - Legal 500 2015
"She is absolutely top class – she tackles probate and estates claims with charm and incredible ability." - Legal 500 2014
Paula was also recommended on the national elite lawyers list and is described as ‘‘a serious player... who is confident and knowledgeable, and gets results". - Legal 500 2014
According to impressed sources she "has a limitless ability to carry big cases". - Chambers & Partners 2016
"She is a formidable solicitor. She is very good at explaining difficult concepts to lay clients" - Chambers & Partners 2015
“Very thorough and very diligent Paula Myers receives extensive praise for her expertise. Sources say she is very pragmatic. The advice she gives clients takes into account the commerciality of litigation”. - Chambers & Partners 2014
I decided to pursue a career in law as I wanted a challenge and a varied career path. No two days are the same and this allows me to thrive and develop.
I enjoy getting results for clients and resolving disputes which can cause a significant amount of emotional and financial distress for them. The buzz of getting a result for a client is second to none.
I like the forward thinking attitude and approach to clients and work, and the significant national platform that we have to offer clients.
I like to spend my spare time with my family and friends and fit in as much exercise and running as possible, whether it be a half or a full marathon.
"As a trustee of a Will, representing minor beneficiaries, I engaged Paula, as a result of a recommendation, to act on my behalf in a dispute with 2 other trustees.
'Paula was able to quickly recommend a strategy to address the dispute. This gave me confidence to continue to defend the interests of the minors and it was obvious that she was an expert in this area, but also she made the risks clear and throughout the case told me what I needed to hear, not necessarily what I wanted to hear. I was extremely happy with the ultimate settlement that was achieved by the efforts of Paula and her team. It was not inexpensive but in life you get what you pay for. Paula's expertise and approach is well worth paying for and I would not hesitate to recommend her services." –Graeme Hall
“The Court of Appeal ruling clarified that people could still disinherit their children but they would have to provide a good reason for doing so and be able to explain what connects them to the people or organisations that they have included in their wills instead.
“The ruling potentially made it easier for adult children who have been left out of wills to challenge them if they have not been left a reasonable provision and we have seen a rise in enquiries from people who feel that they have been unfairly disinherited.
“Now the charities are appealing that ruling at the Supreme Court and hope to overturn the judgment which could make it more difficult for adult children to challenge their parent’s wills under the Inheritance Act.
“Whatever the Supreme Court decides, the judgment from this case will provide clarity to the Inheritance Act 1975 and likely set out the guidelines for when challenges can be brought to wills based on inadequate provision and set out the criteria which must be met in order to disinherit your adult children."
“The increase in the number of wills being contested shows just how important it is to ensure that you leave a valid will which clearly outlines your final wishes.
“Many people also forget to update their wills after major life-changing events such as having children, divorce or remarriage. This can lead to problems in future as the extended family may feel aggrieved at being left out of the ‘old’ will.
“Ensuring your will is up to date and properly communicated to those family and friends affected can potentially prevent damaging family disputes further along the line.”
"Although the conclusion of the case may surprise some people, it shows the complexities and technicalities that litigants may face when challenging the validity of a Will.
"It is important to remember that each case is judged on its own merits and facts. Contesting a Will is a lengthy and often emotional process and litigants should consider their options very carefully before proceeding with this type of action."
“Our research paints a worrying picture about the lack of planning for later life financial and legal issues which could potentially cause serious headaches for families members to sort out in future.
“Failing to have a lasting power of attorney can cause a legal headache over who should be making decisions. Family and friends may dispute who is best placed to make the decisions and the court of protection could step in.
“An LPA takes away that worry and gives people the knowledge that the people they want to make decisions on their behalf will be able to in the event they are found to have lost mental capacity.
“It’s really important that people making a will or LPA speak to their family members and explain their decisions and wishes. This can avoid lengthy disputes in future as their intentions are less of a shock and people know what to expect. Our research shows that while many people are concerned about losing mental capacity in the future, and know that they would like family members to look after their assets, hardly anyone is doing anything to prepare for any future issues.
“If someone loses mental capacity but doesn’t have an LPA, big decisions about finances and healthcare may need to be made by the Court of Protection to ensure they are legally sound and deemed to be in the best interests of the person concerned.”
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