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Kirsty joined Hay & Kilner as a Solicitor in our Private Client team in June 2021.  She qualified in 2010 and worked at a Newcastle City Centre firm advising on a range of matters before taking over the Private Client department as Senior Solicitor in March 2018.

Kirsty can offer expert advice in a wide range of private client work, including the following:

  • Advising on and drafting Wills including those involving agricultural and/or business assets, life interest trusts, discretionary trusts and vulnerable beneficiary trusts;
  • Preparing powers of attorney – including Lasting Powers of Attorney, for both personal and business use, and General Powers of Attorney;
  • Registration of Lasting Powers of Attorney and Enduring Powers of Attorney with the Office of the Public Guardian;
  • Court of Protection matters including Deputyships, Statutory Wills, and one-off applications on behalf of the Deputy such as to sell property, seek Court approval of gifts etc.
  • Advising Attorneys and Deputies in relation to their role, legal obligations, and reporting requirements.
  • Estate planning – including advising business owners / farmers / large families on how to plan for the next generation and pass assets through to the family;
  • Inheritance Tax planning – including advising on inheritance tax reliefs and exemptions;
  • Advising clients on lifetime gifts;
  • Estate administration – acting for and advising executors in relation to all aspects of estate administration, including applying for relief from inheritance tax, dealing with complex and high value estates, and intestacy situations;
  • Advising on and drafting Deeds of Variation for beneficiaries to redirect entitlement from an estate;
  • Advising on and drafting trusts – including trusts to protect assets from attack, trusts used to utilise inheritance tax reliefs and trusts to earmark assets for the next generation;
  • Advising existing Trustees on their obligations and responsibilities and assisting in the administration of ongoing trusts.

Kirsty is a full member of the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners (‘STEP’), having achieved a Distinction in the Advising Vulnerable Clients Diploma and has also completed the STEP Advanced Certificate in the Taxation of Trusts and Estates.

Kirsty is also a full member of Solicitors for the Elderly having been awarded the SFE Older Client Care in Practice Award and the SFE Older Client Law in Practice Award, and she has completed the first year of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists course.

Kirsty is very focused on building lasting relationships with her clients as well as other professional advisors such as accountants, financial advisors, and local land agents in order to provide the best possible outcome.   Kirsty also works closely with members of our litigation team in situations where a challenge is being made to a Will or estate or other problems have arisen relating to estates and trusts.