Raworths LLP
Laura Leach Laura Leach

Laura LeachAssociate

Laura Leach

Contact Details

DDI: 01423 724614
E: laura.leach@raworths.co.uk

Background

Born: Hull
Education: Kelvin Hall School & Wyke Sixth Form College
Previous roles: Stamp Jackson and Procter Solicitors
Joined Raworths: 2007

Affiliate member of Institute of Legal Executives
Law Society Private Client Section

Laura is a member of the Probate, Wills and Trusts Unit. Laura is experienced in all aspects of estate planning including preparation of wills, including advice on care home fees, administration of trusts, Court of Protection applications, Lasting Powers of Attorney and the registration of Enduring Powers of Attorney with the Office of the Public Guardian.  Laura has particular experience with elderly clients including the management of their personal affairs where professional attorneys are appointed.

Examples of matters Laura has advised upon include:

  • The preparation of Lasting Powers of Attorney and the registration with the Office of the Public Guardian
  • Applications to the Court of Protection for Health and Welfare  and Property and Financial affairs Deputyship Orders
  • Preparation of Wills
  • Administration of trusts
  • Administration of estates including obtaining Grants of probate in Jersey and Isle of Man
  • Management of an elderly client’s personal affairs including liaising with the staff at the residential homes and making sure the client’s needs are met
Is it essential to state your funeral wishes in a will?

It is certainly not a requirement to do so but many people do.  I believe that stating your preference can come as a relief to family members on the basis that they know your views about a burial, cremation or a religious ceremony.  It can also avoid arguments within the family at a difficult time.

What if I do not want to leave my money to my children or grandchildren at any early age?

The careful drafting of a will can help.  Children cannot inherit until they at least 18 in any event.  If you believe they are not yet mature enough to use their inheritance wisely it is possible to create a form of trust in which the proceeds of your estate are invested and not paid out until the intended beneficiaries reach an appropriate age of say 21 or 25.

Can I appoint a professional attorney?

If you do not have any immediate family or anyone you would trust to manage your property and affairs then you can appoint a professional to act on your behalf.  This can be very helpful in the event that you either want some assistance with your financial affairs or you are no longer capable of understanding your affairs at some stage in the future.

What do you think elderly client worry about the most when making a will?

Most elderly clients are anxious about making sure everything is in order and want to make things as straight forward as possible for their families. Making a Will does put their mind at rest as it allows them to specify exactly what they would like to happen to their assets and who should be in charge of ensuring their wishes are carried out.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I particularly enjoy meeting clients and being able to reassure them that we can help them with their problems.  It is important to me to spend time with elderly clients and to listen to their worries and concerns.

What else do you do at Raworths?

I am a member of our social committee which is responsible for arranging social events for the staff and we also arrange fund raising events for our chosen charity as part of our corporate responsibility.

What interests do you have outside of work?

I enjoy going to the gym and swimming. I am a grade 8 cellist and enjoy music. I am also a volunteer for Age UK and assist elderly people with their weekly shopping.