Listening and understanding are the key to success for me, along with a focus on what matters to my client and what doesn’t – we are in it together and I will always be in their corner. Where wills are concerned, blood isn’t always thicker than water and families can self-destruct following a death – they are grieving for their loved one and yet can be warring with other family members, which creates a difficult and upsetting situation.
I focus on my client’s objectives and take the worry and burden of litigation away from them, – whether they are executors, trustees, beneficiaries or those who have been cut out of a loved one’s will, I can help them through that process. It is also important to protect the vulnerable – elderly relatives deserve protection from their sometimes greedy heirs in matters of both wealth and health.
Outside work, skiing, cycling and walking are my great loves – if I’m not at work, I’m gearing up for my next challenge.
No-one ever imagines a will or inheritance dispute will wreck their families. That happens to other families, doesn’t it? No family is free of conflict and there is no such thing as a ‘normal’ family, so don’t be ashamed; I will have seen and heard worse.
Be prepared for it to get worse before it gets better. Death, money and inheritance can be an extremely toxic mix, but the one who acts the gentleman will always win.
If you have been cut out of a will, do not panic. The English legal system endeavours to help the vulnerable and meritorious. Take specialist legal advice as soon as possible.
How much will it cost?
It depends on both the approach and strategy we adopt, and those which the other side and the court take. I will always let you have costs for the next stage.
Do you think I will win?
Winning is subjective and a moveable concept – what you consider a win will change as the case progresses. I will always keep coming back to your objectives and checking in with you.
How long will it take?
Litigation can be lengthy; the answer here depends on many factors, including the stance of the other side. I will always try to give time estimates for each stage.