Helen qualified as a solicitor in 1996 having completed her training at a large commercial firm in Birmingham. She originally practised in commercial property but shortly after qualifying decided that she wanted to be a private client lawyer and since then has specialised in this area. She has a wealth of experience in wills, probate, lasting powers of attorney and estate planning.
Helen advises on wills, including the use of trusts to protect assets passing down the generations of a family and to protect vulnerable beneficiaries. She can advise on inheritance tax, estate planning and has extensive experience of acting in high value and complex estate administration. She can also advise on agricultural and business property relief claims.
Building long term relationships with her clients is very important to Helen and she is committed to working closely with them, their accountants and financial advisers to give holistic planning advice; often acting for different generations of the same family, clients praise Helen for her professionalism, attention to detail and empathetic approach.
Helen is a member of the Private Client Section of the Law Society and she is also a Dementia Friend. In addition she has also completed bereavement training which can help with assisting clients at a difficult time.
Out of work, Helen enjoys spending time with her family and likes nothing better than a good walk in the Warwickshire countryside near to where she lives. She also loves all forms of dance, singing (having been members of choirs in the past) and the theatre.
In May 2012, she completed the Moonwalk in London which is a 26.2 mile walk at night to raise money for breast cancer patient care and research.
There has been a lot of press recently about Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs). First there was Denzil Lush, the former Senior Judge of the Court of Protection who, as was reported in the Financial Times, said that people should be far more aware of the risks involved in power of attorney arrangements. Then there were the proposals announced by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) which...