I assist clients with Will and probates disputes and claims under the Inheritance Act. Sometimes, there is a question over whether the person who made the Will had the necessary mental capacity or whether someone has unduly influenced what was included in their Will - were the correct procedures followed when the Will was made?
I also assist clients, who fall under a specific class, in cases where they feel they did not receive reasonable financial provision under a Will. For example, if a couple were co-habiting and one partner, who was providing financial support to the other, dies and has not left anything to the surviving partner under their Will for their on-going maintenance. I also advise on beneficiary and executor disputes.
What inspired you to get into law?
After studying Geography at university, I worked 3 days a week as a legal assistant at a high street law firm in Worthing and 2 days working in a school. I quickly realised that I preferred working in the law firm to the school as I enjoyed the variety of the work, the range of people that you meet and the challenges of law.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?
I find it extremely rewarding, after a long and hard fought case, to reach a good outcome for the client. Being able to exceed a client's expectations and provide them with some peace of mind at the end of a case is particularly satisfying.
What do you like about working at Irwin Mitchell?
The firm has an excellent team specialising in Contentious Trusts and Probates and Will disputes and it is brilliant to work within such a good team and to have the infrastructure and systems that Irwin Mitchell has in place to take on a large range of cases.
What do you do away from the office?
I enjoy running, sea swimming, cycling and yoga. I took part in the inaugural Brighton marathon and also cycled from London to Paris for the Lymphoma Association. The majority of my time however, is spent with my lovely two young daughters.