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I deal with all aspects of Private Client work to include succession planning for businesses, administration of estates with domestic and international assets, tax and trusts, and legal issues affecting the elderly including advice on long term care funding. I have a particular interest in mental capacity law and the Court of Protection.
I am also one of only 68 solicitors nationwide to be elected to sit of the Office of the Public Guardian’s national panel of professional deputies to work with people who lack the ability to make decisions about their finances.
My cases typically require bespoke arrangements or remedies to meet the particular needs of the client, whether this be in the provision of tax or trust advice, or whether a client might find themselves unable to manage their own affairs and require a medical or care support framework to be implemented and managed.
My mum would say that my argumentative streak made me the perfect candidate for a career as a Lawyer. However I wanted a challenging career in an area that is always changing and affects all areas of life. I like meeting people and therefore I was particularly drawn to the private client aspect and I like numbers, which is probably why I ended up giving tax advice and dealing with people’s finances.
I act for some of the most vulnerable members of our society with regards to my court of protection work. I am often appointed as a deputy, when a previous deputy or attorney has been removed for misappropriation or mismanagement of funds, alternatively I am be appointed in situations where an individual has been lacking mental capacity for some time and therefore their financial affairs have not been managed and are often in disarray.
There can then be some complex issues to unravel but ultimately we get to a position where there is a structured plan in place, both in terms of finances and care. I find this particularly rewarding knowing that the best interests of the individual are being met.
With regard to the wealth management aspect of my job, I enjoy using my skills and knowledge to advise clients on a complex area of law and coming up with creative solutions and helping them make the best decisions in respect of their wealth and families inheritance.
Away from the office I am generally known as mum. I have 2 young, energetic boys who like to be entertained and taken to their weekend clubs. In my spare time I enjoy running and I am a member of the Hedge End Running Club. I have completed a number of marathons and half marathons throughout the UK & Europe.
Legal 500: "A Court of Protection expert noted for her ‘invaluable depth of knowledge and advice’"
Various articles in the STEP journal, financial times and local publications
“It is very concerning that our findings showed so many people sought advice about care homes from their friends and family or even Google, which is rife with misinformation and open to interpretation, instead of asking a professional about a contract worth tens of thousands of pounds.
“Having a parent or grandparent go into care can be a very tumultuous time for a family. Often there are issued around capacity and the child has to be appointed as a deputy or an LPA is needed. With the stress of it all, often the finances around care are overlooked because that person’s needs are clear.
“However, it’s important to note that someone going into care involves a contract, either between the person and the care home if they have capacity or perhaps you as a deputy. It’s therefore vital to look at these contracts in detail, as they are a very significant outlay, and you may even be liable for extra costs. You wouldn’t get a mortgage without professional advice, so why sign a care home contract without it?”
“The lack of knowledge about care fee costs, and the lack of action to plan for future financial arrangements, is worrying across all age groups. This later life knowledge gap is going to cause significant financial problems for many people as they are simply not prepared for the future.
“Many people don’t want to be thinking about the future or talk about it with their families when there are often more pressing financial issues in the present such as buying a home and the costs of children and education.”
“Modern day travel has made the world much smaller, and far more people own property and investments in different countries. Unfortunately, nobody really seems to consider the implications of overseas legal systems when dealing with a relative’s incapacity.”
“This week the government is introducing a number of rules for probate to make the process less reliant on solicitors. However, these relaxing of the rules are a cause for concern and confusion for all involved.
“When it comes to people going through the process of probate, something we’re seeing more of is people not understanding their obligations or what a ‘statement of truth’ actually means. Applications done without a professional will often miss out assets they did not know of or under declare assets. This is usually not intended maliciously but can create a real headache for those involved, create more expense and often has to be redone by a professional.”
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