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Beth King-Smith

Partner, Head of Disputed Wills, Trusts & Estates and Worcester Private Client team


Why choose me

Listening and understanding are the key to success for me, along with a focus on what matters to my client and what doesn’t. Where wills are concerned, blood isn’t always thicker than water and families can self-destruct following a death. Grieving for a loved one and warring with other family members can create a difficult and upsetting situation for everyone involved. This is especially the case in disputes in a farming context where family members are also in partnership with each other.

I focus on my clients’ objectives and take the worry and burden of litigation away from them. Whether they are executors, trustees, charities, beneficiaries or those who have been cut out of a loved one’s will, I can help.

Outside work, skiing, cycling and the outdoors are my great loves – if I’m not at work, I’m gearing up for my next challenge.

I’m a full Member of the Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS).

 

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Listening and understanding are the key to success for me, along with a focus on what matters to my client and what doesn’t. Where wills are concerned, blood isn’t always thicker than water and families can self-destruct following a death. Grieving for a loved one and warring with other family members can create a difficult and upsetting situation for everyone involved. This is especially the case in disputes in a farming context where family members are also in partnership with each other.

I focus on my clients’ objectives and take the worry and burden of litigation away from them. Whether they are executors, trustees, charities, beneficiaries or those who have been cut out of a loved one’s will, I can help.

Outside work, skiing, cycling and the outdoors are my great loves – if I’m not at work, I’m gearing up for my next challenge.

I’m a full Member of the Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS).

 

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Questions my clients ask me

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.

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.

Litigation can be lengthy; the answer here depends on many factors, including the stance of the other side and family relationships. I will always try to give time estimates for each stage and see court as a last resort.

Read what my clients say about me

Lisette Macdonald and Beth King-Smith – they are straight forward in their advice, willing to work with me on tax planning in a constructive and positive way and very supportive. They are prompt and efficient, knowledgeable and clear in their advice, what more could I ask for?

Legal 500 – Lissette Macdonald and Beth King-Smith

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