Wills, Probate and Trusts

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Wills, Probate and Trusts

You owe it to your family to make a will. We encourage everyone, no matter their age, to consider how their loved ones would cope if the worst should happen. By planning ahead with the guidance of a properly qualified and regulated solicitor, you ensure that more of the wealth accumulated during your life goes to those you choose, in the way that you want.

Minimise tax, administer your estate, help executors, apply for probate, it is vital you select a specialist private lawyer with the expertise and experience to manage your affairs efficiently and smoothly, with a personal and sensitive touch. We are amongst the best private lawyers in Somerset for wills, probate and trusts, with offices in Bridgwater, Minehead, Taunton and Yeovil.

Meet some of our Wills, Probate and Trusts Team

David Satchell

Senior Partner and Head of Private Client

David Satchell is AmicusLaw’s Senior Partner and Head of the Private Client Department.

David started out in general practice after having qualified with North West Regional Firm Russell & Russell in 1994, later moving to the South West in 2002 to specialise in Private Client work helping clients of all ages with Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning and Administration, Tax Mitigation, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Care Fees issues and applications to the Court of Protection.

David conducted the case of Miles & Beattie v The Public Guardian which was heard in the High Court and established important principles as to the acceptability of wordings in Lasting Powers of Attorney.

In his spare time David is a keen cyclist and recently completed a ride from Lands End to John O’Groats helping raise £20,000 for local charities.

Call David on 01278 664060
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Richard Kemp

Consultant Solicitor

Richard has had a lifelong interest in the law triggered by “Perry Mason” on BBC television in the early 1960’s. Between taking ‘A’ level examinations and starting university his “gap” year consisted of working as an articled clerk at a Solicitor’s office in Gloucester. Richard then spent four years at St. John’s College, Oxford and emerged with a degree in Jurisprudence. He then attended the College of Law and articles for two years at Rowberry Morris in Bristol and was admitted on 15th July 1978. Richard continued working there until 1981 when he moved to join and run the branch office of Clarke Willmott in Martock. He then married Jackie and in November 1986 bought that office from Clarke Willmott. Richard then ran the office as a sole practitioner for 30 years before merging with AmicusLaw on 1st August 2016. Richard has experience of most areas of the law although now concentrates on probate and private client work.

Call Richard on 01935 822572
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Deborah Schmieder

Solicitor

Deborah trained at a small firm in London initially covering Immigration, Conveyancing, Private Client and Family Law, and upon qualifying moved to a larger renowned firm in London where she specialised in Family Law and Private Client.

She services the administration of estates often where there aren’t any issues, but, there are cases where the family dispute the deceased’s Will and disagree with how the deceased’s estate is to be distributed. She has several contentious probates where siblings are arguing over their entitlements. It is a difficult area where there has been a death, which is hard to cope with, but when in addition to that the children believe they have been left out of the estate or left less than they think they should have then the emotions run even higher. The same skills used to discuss matrimonial matters is useful here also, and the same skills apply.

Deborah is looking forward to supporting clients current and new, both in Minehead itself and the surrounding district.

Call Deborah on 01643 701888
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Tracey Martin

Solicitor

Initially training and working in maritime litigation in London, Tracey moved to Somerset 15 years ago with her young family. She changed tack, now specializing in private client work. Tracey enjoys helping her clients with drafting wills, related tax advice, administering estates, preparing LPAs and Attorneyship, Court of Protection work and advising on all areas of elderly client care.

When not actively participating in family time she enjoys riding and reading.

Call Tracey on 01935 822572
Or email here >>

Maria Brooks

Assistant to David Satchell

Maria joined AmicusLaw in 2009 and is assistant to David Satchell in the Private Client Department as well as being part of the Business Support Team.

Maria comes from a farming background and has lived in the local area all of her life.

Call Maria on 01278 664060
Or email here >>

Thank you enormously…

Dear Debbie,
I just wanted to thank you enormously for tying up my mother’s estate and for your calm and centered patience, loyalty and efficiency, when faced with the most tricky of legal challenges. At all times your advice has been very helpful and you have always had us, your clients’ best interests as your primary concern. Because you handled our family differences so tactfully and impartially, we are all getting along much better now. My dear mother, who you met, would be delighted about this.
I’d like to stay in touch and use you as our solicitor in the future. It is rare to find your professional and personable qualities in a solicitor, combining efficiency with being compassionate and empathetic. I cannot believe your calm and patient you have remained since 2013.
Kind regards,
Yvonne

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