Ensuring that people can plan for their futures, and that vulnerable people can be involved in making decisions about their own affairs as far as possible, are at the heart of what I do. I enjoy being able to help people at difficult times of their lives, whether they are making a will or dealing with a loved one’s estate
I’m especially keen to see that those with dementia are properly represented and supported, not just in a legal sense but in the community; I am a Dementia Friend and very committed to that support network. I’m a full member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) and have the TEP designation; I’m also a fully accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly.
Outside work, I spend time with family and friends whenever possible and have just taken up paddle boarding.
Don’t put off planning for the future – those things that happen to other people may well happen to you too!
Your will is not set in stone and it is important that you review it regularly, at least every few years or on major family events (births, deaths, marriages, separations, divorces etc), to ensure that your wishes are still being met.
Put Lasting Powers of Attorney in place now. If these are needed, they are worth their weight in gold and can save a lot of stress for your relatives further down the line.
Why do I need a Lasting Power of Attorney?
It is useful to think about Lasting Powers of Attorney like insurance policies. Nobody wants to think they will need one but, if you do ever need one and you have one, they are worth their weight in gold. If you don’t have one and you need one, it can be expensive and time consuming.
There is a misconception that only old people or people with dementia need a Lasting Power of Attorney. Like insurance, they can be called upon at any time by anyone, for example, if you have an accident or need to be admitted to hospital for a length of time.