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Planning ahead, and dealing with issues such as mental incapacity or death, is not easy and in my work I take the time to get to know my clients and their circumstances. That means that I can go beyond their instructions, offering them alternatives, encouraging them to think long-term about themselves and about their families too.

I want to make sure that they are really satisfied, both with our service but also with what we have helped them to establish for the future. I enjoy the variety of what I do, and solving problems for the people who I advise is very satisfying.

Outside work I enjoy live music and spending time with my family.

I am a full member of STEP.

Legal 500 - Lissette Macdonald and Beth King-Smith

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?
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Private client lawyer “reassured me each step of the way” following husband’s death

When Jean Gibbs lost her husband, she turned to private client lawyer Lisette Macdonald for advice and support regarding his estate. Part of this included transferring the property she held with her husband into her sole name. This happened during the unprecedented challenges faced during the pandemic, with Lisette’s calm reassurance helping to guide her through. In her testimonial, Jean said: “I would like to express my sincere thanks to all the staff at Harrison Clark Rickerbys whom I had contact with during the recent Covid-19 pandemic. “This was a particularly stressful time and Lisette, who looked after my business, was extremely efficient and helpful. She reassured me each step of the way which was very much appreciated. “I wouldn’t hesitate to enquire about the services you provide in the future should the need arise.”
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“Just what was needed” – sensitive handling of estate leads to heartfelt testimonial

When Mr Hulbert’s brother died without a will, Lisette Macdonald was instructed to handle his affairs. Lisette’s care, understanding and expertise meant the administration of the estate could take place efficiently and without hassle. Mr Hulbert said: “We have had the great fortune to have been placed in the attentive care of Lisette, who - with great regard to our lack of understanding has skilfully, and with great patience, guided us through each process. “I and my partner feel that she has taken great trouble to relieve our stresses, which have been many, and overall she has dealt with us with great sympathy and empathy.  Lisette is not just a quietly efficient and dedicated professional, she is a thoughtful and very special person. More still, a friend - and right here, that is just what was needed.”
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Top Tips & FAQs

Discover my top tips

Come and see me every few years – personal/financial circumstances change, the law changes, clients need to ensure their wills and powers of attorney reflect this.

If in doubt, ask.

Don’t put things off – death and mental incapacity are never easy topics but they need to be addressed and planned for.

Read questions I’m frequently asked

Do I need to make a will/lasting power of attorney?

Yes, it’s not a question of age, capacity or what assets you have - if you want to have control over what happens to you and your assets, then you need a will and lasting power of attorney.

How do I avoid paying tax/care home fees?

With careful and considered planning tax and care home fees can be mitigated, but it’s not straight forward or the same solution for everyone.

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