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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.

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). 

Expertise and Past Cases

Recent notable matters which Stephanie has worked on include:

  • 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). 
  • Acting for the defendants in a contentious and complex multi-million-pound claim brought under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and assisting in the settlement of the matter. 
  • Representing minors in relation to a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and obtaining the court’s approval to the terms of a settlement agreement on their behalf.
  • Bringing and defending applications for interim payments under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. 
  • Acting in respect of validity challenges to Wills/Codicils on the grounds of lack of capacity, want of knowledge and approval of the contents of the Will/Codicil, undue influence and improper execution. 
  • Making a successful application to require a Will draftsman to attend court for cross-examination pursuant to section 122 of the Senior Courts Act 1981 in circumstances where the person had failed to properly answer a Larke v Nugus request.
  • Defending a claim to prove a Will in solemn form.
  • Acting for executors in applications to prove copy Wills. 
  • Acting for an intestacy beneficiary where the parentage of the client was being put in dispute.
  • Bringing a claim to remove a Personal Representative who had not acted properly in an estate administration and obtaining an order for our clients to act as substitute PRs. 
  • Acting in a dispute between executors in an estate administration. 
  • Acting for the defendant in a claim to remove the client as executor/pass him over.
  • Acting in a dispute in an intestate estate in relation to the identity of the person entitled to extract a Grant of Letters of 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 successfully obtaining an order for sale of a property. 
  • 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.
  • Acting for Attorneys in obtaining an order for sale of a property in relation to a person who lacked mental capacity.
  • Acting in respect of death bed gift and proprietary estoppel claims. 
  • Acting in a resulting trust claim in respect of a joint bank account.

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