I am Head of the Personal Law team and specialise in wills and wealth planning, powers of attorney and court of protection legal matters, with a strong focus on working with people who lack mental capacity and their families. I have a special interest in legal services that benefit the older person, in particular advising on care home fee funding, and generally helping people to plan for older age and put in place the arrangements that might help them later, for instance powers of attorney.
I am a fully accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE), as well as a fully qualified member of STEP (Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners). I am also a Trustee of Age UK, Cheshire East.
Joined SAS Daniels:2000
What people say about me:Justine is described by clients as having "great communication and technical skills." (Legal 500 UK, 2013)
"Friendly, efficient and professional." (CM, Congleton)
"Extremely helpful and lovely to do business with." (CC, Congleton)
"Many thanks for all your help and attention during a very difficult time." (DH, Macclesfield)
Why I'm no ordinary professional:Whenever I’m giving advice to clients, I always keep in the back of my mind how I feel when I take my car to the garage. I have no idea at all about the mechanics of a car engine and hate standing there feeling stupid while trying to pretend that I know what the mechanic is talking about. I keep that in mind, because that is exactly what I want to avoid when I’m advising my own clients. I will always make sure that my clients are comfortable with the solutions that I provide for them. It’s my job to make sure that they understand what can sometimes be complicated issues. I don’t do jargon (but I will draw pictures!).
A bit about me
What was the first record / CD you bought?
The first record (7” single – shows my age!) that I 'bought' (I pestered my Dad until he went and bought it for me) was Uptown Girl by Billy Joel. I was only 4.
If you weren't a lawyer what would you be doing?
I would be lying on a beach, somewhere hot.
If you could have a super power what would it be?
The ability to fly, it would make the school run much quicker.