Solicitor Claire James, a key member of Wards’ Probate Disputes team, has been awarded full membership of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS). ACTAPS is recognised as a mark of professional excellence in this specialist area of law.
The ACTAPS organisation provides a forum for specialists to exchange experience, keep up to date with changes in the law and to make representations to government and the judiciary in relation to contentious trust and probate issues. In addition it promotes the use of a practice guide for the resolution of probate and trust disputes (the ACTAPS Code).
Membership of ACTAPS is only open to those solicitors, barristers and legal executives who are substantially involved in contentious trust and probate work, and who have undertaken and completed an extensive two to three year period of study and assessment, with two further years of practice.
Wards’ Partner and Head of Disputes Elizabeth Fry said: “From a client’s perspective, they can be reassured with ACTAPs membership that they will be dealing with someone who has specialist knowledge and that efforts will be made to resolve their dispute without the need for costly and time consuming court proceedings – and if a dispute does go to court, that the proceedings are conducted efficiently.”
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