Biography

Stephanie works within our busy probate litigation department and acts on a wide range of matters including Will validity disputes, claims pursuant to the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and disputes between executors, trustees and beneficiaries.

Expertise and Past Cases

Recent notable matters which Stephanie has worked on include:

  • Acting for both claimants and defendants in claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975;
  • Achieving a successful outcome at trial for the Claimant in the reported case of Smith v Derbyshire brought pursuant to the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 (reported on WestLaw – 2018 WL 02022299);
  • Obtaining substantial settlements for clients in claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, including an interim payment;
  • Acting in respect of challenges or defences to the validity of a Will and/or Codicil on the grounds of lack of capacity, want of knowledge and approval of the contents of the Will/Codicil, undue influence and improper execution;
  • Defending a claim brought by an executor to prove a Will in solemn form;
  • Acting in a dispute between executors in an estate administration;
  • Acting for a beneficiary of a Will in a dispute with an executor and successfully obtaining payment of a pecuniary legacy in circumstances where the executor was refusing to make the payment;
  • Acting for the claimant in enforcing the terms of a settlement agreement and court order and the making of an application for an administration order;
  • Defending a claim brought by the Office of the Public Guardian in respect of the suspension of a Lasting Power of Attorney and assisting in dealing with the attorneys’ defence against allegations of breach of their duties of care with regards to the donor’s finances and property.

History

Stephanie completed a history degree at the University of Liverpool in 2011, gaining a 2.1 BA (Hons). Following this, she studied the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in Chester, gaining a distinction in both courses and a 1st class LLB overall.

After completing the Legal Practice Course in 2014, Stephanie joined national firm, Linder Myers, where she worked as a paralegal for a year before beginning her training contract. During her training contract, Stephanie gained experience in both Trusts & Estates and Litigation, having undertaken seats in these areas.

Stephanie joined Myerson upon the completion of her training contract in October 2017 and qualified as a solicitor in the Probate Litigation department shortly afterwards.

Stephanie is currently working towards her ACTAPS accreditation (The Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists). 

Testimonials

Specialist Areas

Our legal services are underpinned by our knowledge and expertise in the following areas.