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Elizabeth qualified as a solicitor in September 2015 and joined our Private Client team in February 2016. She aims to provide a personalised service to clients through identifying their needs and requirements.

Elizabeth advises private individuals on all aspects of private client work including:

  • Advising on and drafting Wills;
  • Advising clients in relation to mitigating Inheritance Tax on death by considering the destination of life policies and pension death benefits;
  • Advising clients on lifetime gifts (both those to individuals and in to trust);
  • Advising on estate and succession planning either during a client’s lifetime or through their Wills (to include Inheritance Tax planning);
  • Advising beneficiaries of estates regarding their entitlement and in particular in redirecting entitlements under Deeds of Variation;
  • Advising on and drafting trusts, including trusts to protect assets from attack, trusts to utilise Inheritance Tax reliefs and trusts to earmark assets for the next generation;
  • Preparing powers of attorney – including Lasting Powers of Attorney and General Powers of Attorney;
  • Registering Lasting Powers of Attorney and Enduring Powers of Attorney with the Office of the Public Guardian;
  • Advising Deputies and Attorneys acting in the administration of the affairs of incapacitated individuals;
  • Advising on and drafting Advance Decisions to Refuse Treatment (also known as Living Wills/ Advance Directives);
  • Advising clients in the administration of estates to ensure Personal Representatives fulfil their responsibilities and obligations, including obtaining Grants of Probate/Grants of Letters of Administration and accounting to H M Revenue and Customs for Inheritance Tax; and
  • Advising beneficiaries of estates regarding their entitlement and in particular in redirecting entitlements under Deeds of Variation.

Elizabeth is a mentor at the University of Law, a member of the Business Beats Cancer (Newcastle) Board and a member of both the Senior Common Room at Grey College Durham and the Junior Lawyers Division. Elizabeth is taking exams to become a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and is currently a STEP Affiliate Member.

Testimonials

  • "I would like to thank Elizabeth Gibbison for the efficient way she helped me make my will and for clearly explaining matters."

    - Client of Elizabeth Gibbison