Anne was a serving police officer in the Metropolitan Police before a serious car accident in 1992 resulted in a career change. Anne works in the private client department of our Bideford Office in Devon specialising in elderly client matters including Wills, Administration of Estates, Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection Work. She is a Professional Member of Solicitors for the Elderly, a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and recently qualified as an Associate Member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate specialists (ACTAPS). She became a partner in January 2012.
- Admitted as a solicitor January 2006
- Joined the firm September 2009
- Full SFE member November 2009
- Full STEP member May 2010
- Partner January 2012
- Associate member of ACTAPS - June 2013
- STEP Advanced Certificate in Advising Vulnerable Clients – December 2017
Anne is valued for her professionalism and sensitivity in advising clients during what can be a very difficult and stressful time and is particularly passionate about elderly client care in Devon and Cornwall.
She says “I love my job because no two days are ever the same. Clients’ problems are usually complex and involve more than one discipline of law. Clients find their lives turned upside down when a close friend or relative dies or becomes ill unexpectedly; the challenge is to achieve the desired outcome as sensitively as possible, but without incurring unnecessary cost.
A typical scenario is where an elderly parent dies (quite often they have been caring for their spouse/partner for several years) and as a result, the surviving spouse/partner needs to go into care. However well-meaning relatives, or friends may be, they have no authority to access the ‘survivors’ funds or sell their property even though this may be necessary to fund their long–term care and ensure that the person concerned is adequately looked after.
If the surviving spouse/partner (who lacks capacity) has also been appointed as an executor this may hinder an application for the grant of representation, leaving families to face additional stress, at a time, when they are least able to cope.
It wasn’t until my own father died in February 2011 that I realised how stressful losing someone close to you can be. Since then I have had a huge personal involvement with care homes, social services and dementia related services as my mother and in-laws have sadly all experienced ill health or practical difficulties trying to manage on their own. The nice thing is that I know I can make a real difference to people at a critical time in their lives and I truly understand the frustrations and commitment that is involved in being a full time carer. My husband describes me as a frustrated social worker (and he probably has a point) but as several clients have become good personal friends I feel I must be doing something right!"
Anne is happy to arrange home, hospital, or prison visits by appointment. Please contact her secretary, Rose Turner, to discuss your requirements.