“I started out learning about intestacy the hard way after both my parents were tragically killed without leaving Wills.
In the following years I was Legal Guardian to my siblings and a step-daughter, had three children of my own, and experienced a marriage break-up. So, whilst I understand ‘normal’ family situations, I also have a deeper understanding of how complicated modern families can be!
After my parents died, I found myself trapped in a world of legal jargon and fighting through the court system to prevent my siblings going into the care system. In terms of being thrown in at the deep end I don’t think the situation I found myself in could have been any worse. The most frustrating thing for me was that all of this stress (at what was already an incredibly difficult time) could have been avoided if my parents had just taken the time to write a Will. They didn’t have a huge estate and I suspect they thought that there was no point in writing a Will as they didn’t have very much to leave, I also think that because my siblings and I had all been Christened my parents thought that Godparents would automatically look after the younger children – what they didn’t realise is that these arrangements are not recognised legally. After months of battling I was finally granted Guardianship of my minor siblings.
I had gained such a wealth of knowledge by this point – by sifting through various statutes, reading up on lots of case law and through various meetings with legal professionals that I decided that this was something I was truly passionate about. I decided to study for formal qualifications so that I could try to help other families avoid what my siblings and I had to go through. I passed the CILEx Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice a few years later and have been practising ever since.”