Tell us about yourself
I am a career-changer. I was a Client Services Manager and then a Management Consultant before re-training and qualifying as a Private Client Solicitor in 2013.
What is your specialist area of law?
I specialise in advising on matters relating to long-term care. I also cover the traditional Private Client areas of Estate Administration, Wills, Tax Planning, Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection matters.
What do you offer clients of John Hodge Solicitors?
I provide practical, outcome driven advice. My clients often feel under immense pressure to make decisions with incomplete information. I help them develop and implement a plan that sets appropriate, informed and realistic objectives.
Do you belong to any Panels or Associations which show you have reached a notable level of expertise and experience in your specialist area of law?
I am an accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly; a national organisation committed to providing and promoting strong, independent legal advice for older and vulnerable people, their family and carers. I volunteer with local community groups and run workshops and free advice clinics.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
At times in our life we all encounter situations that seem beyond us. I go home happy when I am able to help clients who feel overwhelmed, gain confidence and take back some control.
A message for clients:
"Don't be rushed into making decisions that may have lasting effects for you or your loved ones. Our advice might not change your decision, but it will help you understand and manage the consequences."
Is there anything else you would like to say?
Planning for and managing long term care needs is an area that is under-served by Private Client Solicitors. The tasks associated with choosing, monitoring and funding care arrangements are demanding. That responsibility often falls to family members who have no knowledge of the law and systems that apply to care provision. We have years of experience in advising clients in both planning for and implementing long term care plans. We also recognise that for most people, the cost of care is a more significant threat to the ability to pass on wealth than Inheritance Tax. Our knowledge of care planning is an integral part of our service to clients, so you can be assured that the advice we provide will be comprehensive and robust whatever the future holds.