Vincents Solicitors has welcomed Zoe Fleming, a highly experienced private client lawyer, to the firm. A member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) and STEP qualified, Zoe has more than 12 years’ expertise in private client work, primarily in providing legal services for older people.
Zoe will be based at Vincents’ Lytham office, a town where she has worked for more than 12 years, latterly at Roland, Robinson and Fenton, and Dickson Haslam prior to that. She is one of a handful of solicitors locally to hold a qualification from the Society of Trusts and Estate Planners (STEP), and to be a member of SFE. She also acts as an advisor to Age UK Lancashire on a voluntary basis.
Zoe handles the full range of private client issues, such as wills and probate, power of attorney and court of protection work, estate planning and trusts, and specialises in supporting older people or those who need help with care.
She said: “An ageing UK population means a growing need for solicitors with specialist expertise who can support people with capacity issues, be they age-related or otherwise, and help them to plan for their future care. Often clients and their families find they don’t know where to turn when capacity becomes an issue. An experienced solicitor should be the first step as we understand the legal landscape and can support them through the whole process.
“I have a particular interest in dementia care and long-term planning, and work hard to make sure my clients receive the very best possible outcome. Coming to Vincents, which puts its clients at the heart of everything and has a very down-to-earth approach, I know I will receive the support I need to continue to advocate successfully on behalf of my clients.
“I’ve been impressed by the professional but sympathetic private client team which is headed by a well-respected former colleague in Chris Mathews, and I am looking forward to adding value to the services we offer firm-wide.”
Phillip Gilmore, Vincents’ managing director, said: “Zoe is known throughout Lytham and South Fylde for her unrivalled knowledge in wills, probate and estate planning, and for her caring approach to her elderly clients, for whom she provides a truly expert service. We are delighted to welcome her to Vincents and will be pleased introduce her to our clients around the Fylde Coast and throughout Lancashire over the coming weeks.”