Start Point Law are solicitors in Kingsbridge who provide professional expert advice for lifetime planning, estate administration and dispute resolution.
It is important to plan during your lifetime what you want to happen after you die. We can guide you through the options to appoint an attorney in an LPA, or to draft your Will. Using a professional to draft your Will ensures that your wishes are recorded and carried out following your death. We will advise you about Inheritance Tax liability and if necessary consider Inheritance Tax planning to reduce the tax payable on your estate.
We are experts in estate administration. This includes all the legal formalities that need to be addressed after someone has died. We can help you to obtain a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration. It is important to ensure all necessary formalities are complied with, and assets are distributed in accordance with the deceased's wishes or intestacy rules.
Sometimes things can go wrong after someone dies. This could be because they did not make a Will or because there is concern that the documents that were drafted are invalid. If you are involved in a dispute that relates to an estate, inheritance or trust, or you want to contest the validity of a Will we will provide specialist advice to assist you to resolve the dispute.
I have specialised in dispute resolution since qualifying as a solicitor in 2003. My areas of expertise are contentious probate and property litigation claims. I have experience with a wide range of contentious probate matters including Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act claims, challenges to the validity of Wills, disputes with attorneys and disputes with trustees. I am an Associate Member of ACTAPS.
My property litigation experience includes disputes over the ownership of property and assets including proprietary estoppel and TOLATA claims where there may not be any documentary evidence of ownership.
Whilst there is a large variety in the subject matter of the dispute my approach is always to ensure that I understand my clients’ specific concerns and their preferred outcome from the outset, to help them to resolve the dispute as quickly, economically, and painlessly as possible.
I have expertise with claims in the small claims court, County Court and High Court, and have also represented clients in Tribunals including the first and second tier Property Tribunal. With a greater focus by the courts on alternative dispute resolution it is increasingly common for a dispute to be referred to mediation. All the mediations that I attended last year had a successful outcome with the dispute either settling on the day of the mediation or shortly afterwards.
Originally from the South East, I started my legal career in London. I moved to Devon in January 2004 and I was employed for 9 years in the litigation department in Kitsons in Torquay. I was head of the litigation department at Bartons Solicitors in Kingsbridge for five years from September 2012.
I am passionate about my local community and I am currently Chair of the Kingsbridge Dementia Friendly Community. I was previously the Chairman of Kingsbridge Out of School Club (KOOSC) and briefly acted as a director at Visit South Devon.
I am a member of Salcombe Estuary Rowing Club and can be regularly found either on the water gig rowing, or training on a Concept II rowing machine.
I have specialised for the last 14 years in administration of estates, Will drafting, lasting powers of attorney, inheritance tax advice, trusts and legal issues relating to older people, including advice on funding for long term care. I qualified as a solicitor in 2003 and have always practised in the West Country although my clients are spread across the globe.
I have dealt with estate administration ranging from the simple to the extremely complex involving multiple farms, businesses, international property and assets overseas.
I have assisted with many overseas estates where the deceased died outside the UK but had assets in the UK and the beneficiaries needed help releasing those assets. I have experience of resealing a commonwealth grant of probate or grant of letters of administration or obtaining a UK grant of probate to deal with the UK assets.
I regularly deal with negotiations with HM Revenue and Customs involving inheritance tax calculations, applications for agricultural property relief and business property relief.
I also specialise in advising individuals and families on a range of estate planning issues, including the mitigation of inheritance tax, succession of family assets, safeguarding family businesses for the next generation and the creation and use of trusts to manage and protect family wealth.
I draft and advise on property and finance lasting power of attorneys, and health and welfare lasting powers of attorneys. I specialise in applications to the Court of Protection for the appointment of a deputy for property and financial affairs where an individual is unable to look after their own affairs and does not have the mental capacity to make a lasting power of attorney.
I started my legal career in Exeter working for Ashfords Solicitors before moving firms to Everys for 6 years working in Honiton and Sidmouth. I spent a further 4 years working for Purely Probate in Somerset before moving back to Exeter to work for Michelmores.
I love swimming off our beautiful local beaches but I am also found in our local pool. I have a real passion for skiing and in my younger days qualified as a ski instructor.