Helen Forster

Helen.forster@legalstudio.co.uk

Wills, Trusts & Probate

 

I deal with all private client matters including wills, trusts, probate, care fees planning and tax planning for individuals and businesses. I act as professional Deputy and trustee in complex cases such as catastrophic injuries or capacity matter, and also lecture on behalf of MBL seminars, providing training to other professionals on the practice and procedure in the Court of Protection and wills and probate matters. I have a keen interest and specialism in mental capacity work and can provide advice in respect of Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection and Deputyship matters.

I am a member of Solicitors for the Elderly, the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners (STEP) and have received several awards during my legal career; coming second in the country in the Modern Law Awards 2016 in the category of Rising Star, being shortlisted for the Yorkshire Legal Awards Rising Star category twice, and I’ve been a part of two private client teams who have won Private Client Department of the Year at the Yorkshire Legal Awards.

Following my success within the legal sector within private practice, I joined Legal Studio as a consultant in order to give me the life and work flexibility to provide other services within the profession and build my own practice.

In my spare time I teach a night class at a local Harrogate school on Wills and Probate to help individuals understand the processes involved, as well as playing the piano, dancing and all things handicrafts!
 

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With many people self isolating there are practical problems cropping up, not least how to collect monies and pay for day to day items.
 
If someone has a lasting power of attorney registered in respect of their property and financial affairs, then this can be used by the person who made the power (referred to as "the donor") and they can instruct their attorney to go to the bank etc for them.
 
If however you do not have a lasting power or attorney in place, then all is not lost. There is a "general power of attorney" that you can put in place immediately to enable someone to assist you. This is a very limited document in that it will allow your appointed attorneys to carry out that specific task set out within the power (such as obtaining your monies and purchasing day to day items). General powers of attorney can be time limited or revoked in writing. Therefore, this may be suitable if you would like assistance throughout the isolation period only.
 
For further information please contact Helen Forster by email at Helen.Forster@legalstudio.co.uk
 
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