“When I became a parent I realised that it was important to make a will, not only for my own peace of mind, but to plan for my son. I feel strongly that everyone should make arrangements, in case the worst should happen, as the outcomes without planning are often more expensive and traumatic than where plans are made. Of course, the more successful in life you are, the more variables there may be in these plans for taxation reasons: for example, if you have children with a disability or other vulnerability, blended families or elderly parents who live with you, your arrangements may well be complex to take account of those factors”
Vicky has been qualified as a solicitor since 2001, working for prominent firms both in East Anglia and the Thames Valley. From the beginning of her training she has concentrated on all ways to assist private individuals with their wills and estate planning. Vicky is a member of STEP, having passed by examination route in 2007 and is an associate member of Solicitors for the Elderly.
Vicky joined Colemans in September 2016 to assist with the development of the firm’s growing Private Client department and is keen to continue and enhance the firm’s reputation for delivering excellent client service on technically complex private client matters.
Key expertise and experience
- Wills (including estate planning and Inheritance Tax mitigation)
- Probate (dealing with the finances of someone who has died)
- Powers of Attorney (Lasting powers, general powers, health and financial)
- Trusts (structures designed to safeguard money for family wealth)
- Deeds of Variation – (Post death tax planning for beneficiaries of wills)
- Living wills
- Court of Protection – Advice/guidance on acting as a Deputy and the application for a Deputyship order.
Vicky is well known as a sympathetic, effective and technically accurate practitioner. Vicky combines a real passion for helping clients combined with forward thinking for families, including tax and asset preservation. Vicky has a special interest in provision for disabled or otherwise vulnerable people and their families, as well as a keen interest in the treatment and structuring of business assets for Inheritance Tax mitigation.
Vicky has a particular interest in business property relief and agricultural property relief, as well as mental capacity and disability issues.
- Being diligent, insightful and empathetic.
- Tackling difficult problems head on and with enthusiasm.
- Building relationships as a trusted advisor to clients.
Membership and Associations
Vicky is a member of STEP and a keen supporter of Cerebra, Berkshire Autistic Society (now Autism Berkshire) and Mencap.
Outside of work…
Vicky is much occupied with her young son, but occasionally has time for creating new sewing projects, up-cycling and computer gaming. Two cats also feature in the fun.