I act for client’s who are involved in disputes that arise when a person dies. I act for clients on both sides of disputes and so can both bring a claim and defend a claim. There are many different disputes which can arise after a person has died, and so I deal with a whole variety of cases.
This can include acting for people seeking to challenge the validity of Wills where for example, someone may have lacked testamentary capacity; on grounds of undue influence; or issues with formalities when the Will was prepared and signed. I also work on bringing and defending claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 when someone seeks financial provision from an estate.
I can also assist with disputes around the administration of estates or the management of someone’s assets by an Attorney during their lifetime. I have experience advising clients around allegations of financial misconduct, delays in administering an estate, and the removal of executors and proceeding to appoint a suitable alternative.
I also act for clients who are involved in a dispute regarding the ownership of their property and other assets under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996.
What do you like about working at Irwin Mitchell?
I work alongside a very knowledgeable large team of specialists, who are located all over the Country and who are able to share their wide experience to help me grow as a solicitor. I also love the fact that no day is the same, given that we receive such varied interesting work.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?
Helping clients throughout the process of a dispute, and reaching a conclusion that the client is happy with to enable them to move on with their life. Typically, this area of law can cause huge family rifts, and it is always nice to hear that families can move on and mourn their loved ones, once a dispute is resolved.
What inspired you to get into law?
From a young age, I had a keen interest in law, with a love of watching programmes like ‘The Bill’ and ‘Silent Witness’. It wasn’t until I began to study the law at A Level, and undertook work experience at a local solicitor’s firm, that I realised that I wanted to become a solicitor. After finishing university, it became quite clear that I would specialise in litigation, where it was acceptable to spend my days arguing, something I personally think I excel at. I now use this skill to help people to resolve difficult disputes, in challenging and upsetting circumstances.
What do you do away from the office?
Outside of work, I enjoy volunteering with various charities and organisations. I also enjoy travelling to see different parts of the World.
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