The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) will be hosting its regional business seminar on 22 May at Chester Racecourse, headed up by Chair of the Cheshire branch, Helen Kelly, a partner at leading North West law firm, SAS Daniels LLP.
The organisation, which brings together professionals dealing with family inheritance and succession planning, will be hosted in conjunction with Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) and chaired locally by SAS Daniels’ Head of Wills and Wealth Planning..
The event will focus on key industry issues, such as legislation changes affecting disabled people and vulnerable beneficiaries, as well as the STEP Wills Code of Conduct, which came into effect last month to provide more formal regulations around will writing.
The introduction of a more robust process is also in response to a rise in challenges to wills. This was reported by the Independent last year, which cited a 700 per cent rise in cases brought before the High Court relating to wills.
It is claimed that contributors to a rise in will disputes include; an increase in extended families, cohabitation of unmarried couples and economic instability.
Speakers at the event include Gill Steel, Director of Law Skills, Professor Lesley King, Private Client Practice Head at The College of Law, Iris Wuenschmann-Lyall from Toby Harris Consultants and Thomas Dumont from Radcliffe Chambers.
Commenting on the event, Helen Kelly, Partner and Head of Trusts at SAS Daniels LLP, said: “The STEP Cheshire seminar is a great opportunity to bring together multi-disciplinary experts, share best practice and discuss the hot topics affecting our industry.
“We’re proud to be STEP qualified, which is indicative of our commitment to setting the standard in the sector and is recognised by clients as a hallmark of excellence.”