A day in the life of a Solicitor who specialises in Contentious Probate work

Karen Bower-Brown is a partner at Sills & Betteridge who specialises in contentious probate work which includes advising clients on contesting, challenging and disputing a will. What is contentious probate work and what sort of work does Karen deal with in a typical day? Karen is a member of the Association of Contentious Trust & Probate Specialists (“ACTAPS”) and is therefore entitled to call herself a specialist in contentious probate work. Contentious probate work includes: • Claims where no or insufficient financial provision is made for certain classes of family or dependants • Disputes over the validity of wills • Claims against personal representatives (“PRs”) who are failing to progress…

Sepsis and Medical Negligence

Sepsis (a form of blood poisoning) is a potentially life-threatening condition which occurs when the body’s immune system overreacts to an infection. Although in most cases our immune system can fight infection by releasing chemicals into the bloodstream, if our body’s response to these chemicals is out of balance, our response can trigger changes which then causes damage to tissues and organs instead. Once the infection is in the bloodstream it can affect the entire body and can lead to organ failure. If not treated urgently it can become a life-threatening condition where our response causes a sudden and dangerous drop in blood pressure and the Sepsis progresses to Septic…

Sills guided walk of Chatsworth Estate

A Summer walk with tradition for legal firm

As home to the Cavendish family since 1549, The Chatsworth Estate is steeped in history with many lessons that can be learned about property development, family business succession, will planning and inheritance. With this in mind, but in order to keep it light hearted and interesting, Sills & Betteridge Solicitors organised an 8-mile guided walk of the Estate for clients and strategic partners which was led by Richard Brackenbury of Brackenbury’s Britain. During the walk, which started in the Old Smithy Café in the village of Beeley, the group of 20 walkers passed through the village of Edensor before crossing into Chatsworth and taking in the dramatic views of the…