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Catherine Whitaker joined the firm as a trainee solicitor and on qualification joined the wills trusts and estates team. Catherine deals with a wide range of matters, including will drafting, estate administration, inheritance tax planning, and the preparation of statutory declarations. Catherine is also experienced in providing advice on lasting powers of attorney, preparing the documents themselves, and registering lasting powers of attorney both for property and financial affairs, and also health and welfare decisions. Catherine also advises on the registration of enduring powers of attorney and she provides advice to attorneys already acting for a donor.
Catherine has experience of complex estate administration and frequently obtains grants of probate for clients taking advantage of our probate application service.
Catherine deals with the day-to-day administration of many of our deputyship files and has regular dealings with the Court of Protection. She also acts as a deputy herself for several clients who do not have the mental capacity to look after their own financial affairs. Catherine assists clients wishing to apply to the Court of Protection to be appointed as deputies themselves and is also experienced at preparing the annual accounts required by the Court of Protection.
Catherine is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).
"Catherine handled our case superbly. Catherine's real quality was in her sensitve approach to the issues and her compassion in such a difficult situation."
H Miller, Berkshire
"Catherine and her team have always treated me with great kindness and I very much appreciated the very hard work they have done on my behalf. I cannot fault the documents prepared by the firm and I think the fees are very fair indeed. I will miss dealing with them now that the estate administration has been concluded."
F J Mabbett, Reading
"Catherine provided an excellent service. She was efficient, friendly and professional at all times."
Mrs E A Thompson, Twyford, Berkshire
"I would like to thank you personally for your patience and tolerance in dealing with the estate and all the difficulties that came up. You have restored my faith in the English legal profession."
B Hunt, Berkshire
"I cannot praise too highly the quality of advice from Catherine Whitaker. She was courteous and sensitive always and steered me expertly through the legal minefield."
Mr D Hall, Cambridge
"Catherine has been utterly professional and diligent and also most kind and understanding during a time of bereavement. She is highly regarded by my family and me and I would have no hesitation in recommending her services."
M Haley, Reading