If you are looking for an exceptional and truly local service from your local law firm, then look no further! We are local, live in Saltdean, and we work out of both Rottingdean and Saltdean, also covering the surrounding area as required.
Kirsty is a Full Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), who are the leading providers of training and education in this area of law – membership is the gold standard in her profession. She has been awarded a distinction in the STEP Advanced Certificate in Will Preparation, and has recently achieved the STEP Advanced Certificate in the Administration of Trusts and the STEP Advanced Certificate in the Taxation of Trusts and Estates. She was awarded the full member status (TEP) in 2019.
Kirsty grew up local to Saltdean and Rottingdean and has held a deep affection for the area since childhood. She lives here with her young family and is delighted to be able to offer her services locally.
After training with a local firm and working for two larger local Solicitors, she has the experience to be able to offer the right advice, and now a higher level of personal service. Working for herself she can offer this expertise for a lower cost than you might expect to pay a more traditional law firm.
Kirsty Claridge FCILEx TEP is a Chartered Legal Executive, CILEx Probate Practitioner and Trust and Estate Practitioner. Kirsty specialises in Wills and Probate, including Trusts, Lasting Powers of Attorney and the Court of Protection. Chartered Legal Executives and CILEx Probate Practitioners are qualified specialist Lawyers, fully regulated, and are Commissioners for Oaths.
Kirsty is passionate about her area of law and is constantly striving to improve and perfect her skills. In July 2016 she achieved both the Older Client Care in Practice and the Older Client Care in Law Awards from Solicitors for the Elderly, thereby achieving the status of a Full Accredited Member. Membership is reserved for Lawyers who can demonstrate a higher level of knowledge and skill in assisting elderly clients.
As more things move online, you may be tempted to forgo the need for proper legal advice and employ the services of a will writer. As with all things in life, there are some things that must be done properly. When writing a will that deals with your life savings, its important to ensure that you employ the services of someone who has years of experience and training, for peace of mind. Will writing is currently not a regulated legal activity, meaning you may be offered this service by an online provider, or someone who calls themselves a ‘will writer’ and is a member of a voluntary, self-regulatory body. The training and regulation of the two is vastly different – a Chartered Legal Executive Probate Practitioner, for example, takes a minimum of five years legal training to qualify. A will writer can join a self regulatory body after a three day course.
It is never an easy decision to make a Will and as a single parent I knew I had to do it, as I am certainly not getting any younger and had been meaning to do …this for the last ten years and had not ever quite got around to doing it. One of the reasons was that I wanted someone I trusted to help me and I had looked at different solicitors
etc., but it seemed rather daunting. Then I met Kirsty, who with her friendly profession alism, explained everything so clearly, it seemed obvious to choose The Deans Legal Services to write my Will. I am so glad I did! Throughout the whole process…
Professional, personable and great value. Was dreading doing our will but Kirsty made the whole process pleasurable. Would recommend without hesitation 👍
We used Deans legal services for our wills recently. I was really dreading doing a will as it’s a very difficult subject to talk about. As parents though we wanted to make sure our children would be looked after if anything did happen to us. Kirsty made the whole experience much easier than I thought. She put us both at ease and explained everything very simply. Very efficient and swift in drawing up the wills. Great communication and an overall enjoyable experience.