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I specialise in disputes that arise when a person dies. I deal with a wide range of cases and each one is different to the next – just as no two people are the same, neither are any two estates!
I represent people seeking to challenge the validity of wills on grounds of undue influence, lack of testamentary capacity or issues with formalities, and have experience in defending such claims too. I have also worked on bringing and defending claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 when someone’s unhappy with the inheritance that they’ve received under a will or the intestacy rules.
Acting as an Executor, or waiting for your inheritance to arrive, can be a very stressful time. I have experience of dealing with disputes around the administration of estates, including allegations of financial misconduct, delays in administering the estate, and the removal of Executors and appointment of a suitable alternative.
I’m also interested in representing people who want to challenge Court of Protection applications for Deputyship or decisions made under a Lasting Power of Attorney. Having a relative or friend who has lost mental capacity can be an emotional and scary time, and I understand how emotive such applications can be.
I read Politics at university but soon discovered that it was arguing that I enjoyed most. I combined this love of debate with a desire to help people who find themselves in upsetting situations.
For me, it is seeing a matter from beginning to end and seeing happy faces at the conclusion of the case. Friends and relatives experience a multitude of emotions when someone passes away. Resolving claims in whatever way is a great relief for all involved and allows everybody to move on with their lives.
The quality of work that comes into Irwin Mitchell is fantastic. I have been lucky enough to work on some complex, high-value cases, some of which have been litigated and some which have settled outside of court.
We have such a wide variety of cases that, as a junior solicitor, I have assisted on far more than “bread and butter” contentious probate work - truly, no two days are the same.
I have a young family so spend my weekends playing trains and cleaning up spaghetti. Outside the office, I enjoy days at Headingley cricket ground watching Yorkshire and England and I try to watch the Formula 1 when I can. I also enjoy road trips around Europe with my family.
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