Private Client

We have many years of experience in advising clients of the best way forward through often very difficult times. Whatever your requirements, we will work to make the most of all of your assets whilst providing you with a quality service.

Our areas of expertise includes:-

Wills and Trusts
Making a Will is the best way for your estate to be distributed the way you want it to be. Without a Will, your estate will be administered according to the strict English legal system which may involve a large inheritance tax bill, create unnecessary work for your loved ones and result in assets being distributed in a way which does not reflect your preferred intentions. We have extensive knowledge in drafting Wills and creating trusts to ensure that your intentions and needs are covered.

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Probate and Administration of Estates
We understand that dealing with bereavement is an extremely emotional time. We offer a personal service founded on many years of experience in Probate and Administration of Estates. Whether you are looking for advice in your capacity as an Executor or you would like us to apply for Probate of the Will or Letters of Administration we are available  to assist.

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Incapacity
Lasting Powers of Attorney are signed when the donor has mental capacity to manage his or her own affairs, but continue to be valid even if that ceases to be the case.

We have extensive knowledge and experience in this area and our team is always willing to advise on the best way forward for you.

If you are unwell and unable to come to our offices, we can make the arrangements to visit you at home. Alternatively, you could provide us with your instructions in a letter and we will do the rest.

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Private Client Team

The team is headed and supervised by Julie Tompkins Head of Probate and Estate Administration.

Julie Tompkins

Julie was admitted as a solicitor in 1985 and is a member of the Society and Trust Estate Practitioners (STEP). She has over 25 years post qualification experience in all areas of Wills, Probate and Powers of Attorney. Julie’s clients range from those making a will for the first time to high net worth clients requiring tax advice. She is also able to assist with the administration of complex estates and trusts.

Caroline Blyth

Caroline is a Private Client lawyer who was Called to the Bar in 2011.  Caroline has over 7 years of experience in assisting her clients on a range of Private Client matters, including  Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, applications to the Court of Protection and non-contentious Probate. Visits to clients at home, in residential care or in hospital can be arranged. Also works closely with other trusted advisers.

Holly Ward, Maureen Smith and Sue Winter

Holly Ward is a full-time secretary in the Wills, Probate and Trust Department having worked at Gordons for a number years and has gained experience in many of the departments.

Maureen Smith and Sue Winter are part-time secretaries in the Wills, Probate and Trust Department both having many years’ worth of experience and knowledge in the firm.

They all work well together as a team assisting the Wills, Probate and Trust Department.