MW’s Head of Estate and Trust Dispute Team, Hayley Bundey, announces the arrival of Katie Woodcock to the team.
Solicitor & Estate and Trust Dispute Specialist
MW are very proud to announce the arrival of Katie Woodcock to the Estate & Trust Dispute Team in January 2017. Katie joins the firm from Penningtons, having formerly trained at TWM Solicitors. She will be based out of our Guildford office.
Katie has many years of experience in all aspects of contentious probate work including challenging the validity of wills, claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 (“the 1975 Act”), claims for constructive trusts / proprietary estoppel and specifically she has a keen interest in, and passion for, contentious Court of Protection work.
Her Court of Protection specialism covers all aspects of work assisting clients with disputes that involve a person who lacks capacity – whether because of a mental health issue (such as Alzheimer’s or Dementia) or due to a brain injury. She is specialist in all aspects of lack of capacity work, is a member of the Mencap Shared Lives Panel Review team and volunteers for her local Citizens Advice Bureau in her spare time to ensure she can reach out to the most vulnerable in society to help them through this tricky area of the law.
Katie’s Court of Protection practice covers challenges to the appointment of Attorneys/Deputies and applications to the Court to make a decision as to the residence or treatment of an individual who is unable to make those decisions for themselves. She also makes applications to the Court to approve Statutory Wills for incapacitated individuals.
Katie is a student member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS), a further recognition of her expertise in this often complex and specialist field. She is also a keen advocate of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and specifically mediation and joins MW’s existing team who all strongly favour mediation as the preferred method of resolving contentious probate work where possible.
Examples of Katie’s successes in the past have included representing a client successfully at mediation to settle a claim by a partner under the 1975 Act , making an application to the Court of Protection to object to the appointment of an Attorney and the successful appointment of a professional Deputy in their stead and successfully applying to the Court of Protection for approval of a Statutory Will.
Katie’s addition to the Estate & Trust Dispute Team means the team is now represented in four locations across the MW network (MW Devon, MW Guildford, MW Sevenoaks and MW Worthing), joining Hayley Bundey, Sharon Bell, Hayley Prideaux and Wendy Rixon. The team continues to grow to meet the demands of their rapidly expanding client base and are ready and able to help callers with any queries they may have about their Estate or Trust Dispute.
Katie in particular will be expanding the team’s specialism in contentious Court of Protection work, building on her expertise in this field, to increase the depth of service we can offer to our clients on this key aspect of the team’s work.
On joining MW Katie said:
“I am pleased to have joined such a dynamic and forward thinking firm and specifically the exciting opportunities in MW’s Estate & Trust Dispute Team. I am looking forward to helping expand our work in the field of contentious Court of Protection work and to continue to be the compassionate helping hand that our clients need at often the most difficult times in their lives”.
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