Understanding all the technicalities of the law around wills, probate, trusts and wealth management is vital for my work, but an ability to translate that knowledge into practical, tailored and easy to understand advice is almost more important.
I advise business owners, high net worth individuals, trustees and beneficiaries of trusts, as well as the families of those who have died, helping them to understand and negotiate the processes involved. When clients are making their wills, I challenge them to ensure that they make sound provisions which will withstand any future challenge – far better that I should ask the questions than a court ask them later.
Professional standards are important to me, so I was delighted to be elected to the STEP Worldwide Council in 2019, as well as playing my part in the organisation regionally and locally.
Outside work, I love travelling and the creative and performing arts, as well as spending time with my family and friends.
Laura is also noted in Chambers and Partners’ High Net Worth directory as an associate to watch – the directory says that she is “said to be ‘extremely good’ and regularly acts for land and business owners in estate planning matters. She also has significant experience providing tax advice in relation to trusts, with a local client noting that ‘her technical expertise is superb.’”
I am a full member of STEP.
Work out your priorities
Explain everything to me
Listen to advice
How can I mitigate inheritance tax?
Sometimes you can’t, but I’ll work with you to understand your circumstances, listen to your priorities and then tell you the tax consequences of the various options.
Is my will safe from challenge?
No and yes. You can never prevent nuisance claims but I will challenge you about your wishes and provide guidance on how to make the will provisions defendable, plus prevent it being challenged for lack of capacity, knowledge or signing formalities.
How can I look after my children while protecting the money they will inherit?
Trusts may well be the solution, provided the tax costs are understood and accepted.
How can I protect my children’s inheritance if they divorce?
By the careful use of trusts.
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