Solicitor • Kendal
I am a member of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), having passed all of the requisite exams in the space of 18 months. My expertise in dealing with the older client is second to none.
I qualified in September 2009 with another Cumbrian firm, having studied the Exempting Law Degree at Northumbria University where I won the award for my pro bono work in the University’s free legal advice service. I am also a member of the Private Client Section of The Law Society and a fully accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly, having completed both SFE accredited awards - the SFE Older Client Care in Practice Award and the SFE Older Client in Practice Award.
In addition, I have completed the necessary training to be a Dementia Friend through the Alzheimer’s Society and am a Trustee of Nine Oaks Housing Trust, sheltered accommodation in Windermere which supports those who may be unable or unwilling to live alone and wish to have support and company in their later years.
I have a sympathetic but professional approach to all matters, including Lasting Powers of Attorneys, Court of Protection, Wills and Administration of Estates. I have a particular interest in farming families and succession planning and also ensuring that farming clients maximise any inheritance tax reliefs available.
Based in Kirkby Stephen, I am very much involved in the shoebox appeal through the local charity, Boxes of Hope, Cumbria, which sends shoeboxes of goodies to children in Eastern Europe at Christmas. I have previously devoted lots of my time to Young Farmers, both at County and Northern Area level. Now being too old to participate, I can often be found in the family’s allotment down by the river on a nice day. I enjoy public speaking and am available for WI meetings, Ladies Groups and other community meetings if required, to talk about Wills, Inheritance Tax, Lasting Powers of Attorney and other issues.
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“ We cannot praise highly enough the reassuring, clear, efficient and helpful service we had from Nicola. She asked good questions and explained the consequences of the decisions and choices we might make. She dealt with our business as promptly as the office of Public Guardian and our health attorney made it possible. We are so grateful to have all our Wills & Attorney arrangements in place. ”
“ The service we received from Nicola Steadman exceeded our expectations. We had our wills changed, she was very helpful to us and explained all the technicalities to us very clearly. We now have good peace of mind knowing our estate will be dealt with in accordance with our wishes. I have no hesitation in recommending other people to go to her in respect of wills. ”
“ Once again it has been fantastic to deal with Nicola. We always feel like we’re being well looked after. Thank you for everything you’ve done for us Nicola and thank you for your patience when we’ve not been as efficient as we could have been! ”
“ We went to Nicola for our wills and LPAs. She explained everything to us and took us so perfectly through the whole process. Nicola always goes the extra mile. We have understood everything and she is the best solicitor we have ever had to advise us and write our wills. We are truly very pleased with the whole process and we feel very secure with our wills and LPAs. Nicola pointed out things that had never been mentioned to us before, but needed addressing, and highlighted areas in our family life that are now covered ”
“ Both my wife and I feel that the practice is very fortunate to have Nicola Steadman as a member of your team. Nicola must deal with many clients throughout her working week, but we always felt that we were the most important one at that particular time. She made us feel at ease throughout our discussions at all times. ”
“ I was kept fully informed throughout the process and any questions that I had were answered fully and to my satisfaction. Having dealt with Nicola both on this and another recent matter, I would have no hesitation in recommending THW to anybody - on both occasions I have been very grateful for the help that I have received during what has been a difficult time. Faultless from start to finish. ”
“ We used Nicola Steadman in the drawing up and completion of our Wills & Lasting Powers of Attorney’s. On all times we met her she was most professional manner, offering us clear & straightforward advice. We would certainly use her again. ”