I am an Associate in the Private Client Team, based in the Poole office. I specialise in writing Wills, drafting and registering Powers of Attorney, and dealing with all aspects of Probate and the administration of estates. I have over six years experience in this field.
I am a student member of the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners (STEP) and am in the process of completing my Diploma in Trusts and Estate (England & Wales), which is the gold standard amongst private client practitioners.
"Martha was there for me through the months after my sister’s death and I don’t think I would have got through them without her input. …I will always be grateful to Martha for putting things into perspective which in turn helped me to make the right decision. She is a credit to your firm showing understanding of the situation, expertise of her job but above all compassion." - Mrs Carpenter
Areas of Expertise
I dealt with an estate where the deceased had died without a Will. The deceased had several siblings, and only one was still alive. In addition, there was someone else living in the property who made a claim against the deceased under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975. The estate was sizable, and the unknown beneficiaries needed to be tracked down and the litigation issues needed solving. The estate was administered to the point of Probate and liquid assets being realised. The beneficiaries were all traced and the property ultimately sold once the claimant had vacated. The situation was very stressful for the family and demonstrates the importance of having a Will and dealing with your affairs before it’s too late.
What others say
“Thank you for guiding us through this traumatic time, making it a little easier for us”
“Martha was a star, could not fault her on one thing, perfect.”
“We felt Martha took time to listen to what we said, and her advice was clear and easy to understand.”
Away from the office
Away from the office I enjoy running, cycling, sailing and (when I get the time) am an avid reader – I am on my second Kindle…