When a client is coming to terms with the loss of a loved one but is also involved in a dispute, it can be a very challenging time for them, and I am glad to be able to support and help them resolve the problem.
I work with beneficiaries, executors and trustees in a wide range of disputes around inheritances, legacies and trusts.
As far as I am concerned there is no such thing as a silly question – I would always prefer a client to ask me about anything which worries them.
Outside work, I love travelling and going to the gym.
Keep a diary or note of key dates and what happens on that date along with copies of any important documentation. This makes it easier to recall what has been happening and helps you to remember everything.
Contact a solicitor as soon as you encounter a problem or think a dispute has arisen.
Do not be afraid to go into detail about family history and events as this sort of information is very useful to understanding family dynamics and the nature of the dispute, which can assist us greatly. I have heard stories of all types of family structures and disputes and nothing will surprise me, so do not be embarrassed to share the full details.
Will I have to go to court?
This is a possibility, but in most cases you will not. Sometimes clients want to go to court because they think this is the best way to resolve matters, but court proceedings can be costly and lengthy. We strive to resolve matters before that stage is reached whenever possible.
How likely am I to succeed with my claim?
This question can only be answered following a detailed analysis of the relevant evidence.
How much will it cost me?
This can be difficult to predict, but we will always give you the best possible costs estimate and keep you updated as the matter progresses.
How long will it take?
Dispute resolution can be lengthy and often this is determined by the strategy and response of your opponent. I will provide time estimates for each stage and will always view court proceedings as a last resort if possible.