I am Partner and Head of the Estate Administration & Probate team. I deal with executors and trustees on high value estates including estates with a foreign element, business and agricultural assets. I act for a wide variety of personal representatives and beneficiaries of estates who need to sort out the affairs of someone who has died often leaving complex issues, property overseas and where inheritance tax is payable due to the size and nature of the estate. Within my work I also deal with estates for charities, intestacy cases when someone dies without a valid Will and help families trace beneficiaries, sometimes all around the world.
I advise clients across Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Staffordshire from our offices in Congleton, Macclesfield, Stockport and Chester.
Within my career, I qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Legal Executives in 2006. I am also a member of the Law Society’s Private Client Section and a member of the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners (STEP). Throughout my work with STEP I have successfully completed the STEP Advanced Certificate in International Succession and Probate.
As part of my role at SAS Daniels I am also Joint Head of our Congleton office.
Joined SAS Daniels: 2004
What people say about me:
"Helen Gowin showed empathy yet retained professionalism. She was systematic in her approach yet flexible to accommodate our queries. Genuinely interested in our family." (Legal 500, 2021)
"Helen Gowin is a friendly, caring person, as well as clearly very professional and meticulous in procedure and detail. She always seemed to be readily available when I needed to contact her which is a not a trivial thing." (Legal 500, 2021)
"Thank you for all your help with the inheritance tax bills over the past few years. From start to end of the process you have made the whole thing very clear and easy to understand. Having you as point of contact has taken so much of the sting and hassle out of the yearly bills." (Julian Eardley)
"Now that my mother’s estate has been finalised I would like to thank you so much for all the work you have done. You made it so much easier for me to understand the complexities and I appreciate very much that there were no death duties to pay, undoubtedly due to your skill and understanding of the law." (David Hartshorn)
"As we now at the conclusion of just over 2 years of your assistance, I want to place on record our gratitude for your input with Mum and Dad’s estates. I don’t think that this has been an easy time for our family and certainly we had no idea what would be involved in processing things in the lead up to the distributions. Thank you for guiding us through the process and your timely advice." (Anonymous)
Why I'm no ordinary professional:
Some clients find it difficult to handle the estate of someone they were close to and value estate matters being dealt with sensitively and professionally. I ensure that my clients receive practical support at a difficult time when they're dealing with bereavement. I listen to their concerns and show that we care and want to help them through the estate administration process.
I do not just deal with the paperwork following a death but can assist with the funeral arrangements, the clearance and disposal of the deceased’s effects and can help to re-home their pets. I also guide executors and beneficiaries with their own estate planning and will ensure that the estate administration process runs smoothly from the death until the estate is fully completed.
Get in touch
Phone: 01260 282351
A bit about me
Do you have any hobbies and what are they?
I am a runner and enjoy the challenges of a new race and the opportunity to travel to new places to take part in a run. It keeps me fit and I am competitive, so I like to set personal goals and improve on my times.
If you weren't a lawyer what would you be doing?
I studied languages at university and thought I would end up teaching English as a foreign language in an exotic destination!
What's your favourite football team?
I support Manchester City and like the fact that they are unpredictable and keep us on our toes!