Bethany joined Birketts in November 2020 shortly after graduating from the University of Essex with a Law degree (2:1). Prior to joining Birketts, Bethany worked in customer services and then for the Essex Police Force as an Assessment Officer. In this role she gained invaluable experience in gathering and analysing information to assist with effective and timely decision making. These skills naturally feed in to and support Bethany’s role assisting the Contentious Trusts and Probate Team, which advises in the following areas:
- Challenges to the validity of Wills/codicils
- Claims arising from allegations of undue influence, lack of testamentary capacity and/or want of knowledge and approval in connection with the preparation and execution of a Will;
- Claims for provision from an estate under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975;
- Disputes between beneficiaries and executors as to the administration of an estate, and disputes between trustees and beneficiaries as to the administration of trusts;
- Proceedings in the Court of Protection.
Bethany has already gained experience in many of these areas through supporting more senior fee earners, has had extensive client contact and has been involved in a mediation which successfully concluded the dispute. Bethany brings her skills honed in customer services and her natural communication skills to the role, which have enabled her to quickly build a rapport with clients and colleagues alike.
During her degree, Bethany undertook modules in Equity and Trusts, Medical Law and Land Law, amongst others. Her dissertation was also focussed on issues surrounding the mental capacity requirements of patients who had been diagnosed with dementia, when drafting a ‘Living Will’, and so has a sound understanding of and interest in the issues which can arise in Court of Protection as well as contentious probate matters.