Lawyer expands practice to create two new jobs

FIRM PLANS: Annabel Parker, left, Leah Hamilton, centre, and Jane Arthur.
FIRM PLANS: Annabel Parker, left, Leah Hamilton, centre, and Jane Arthur.
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A LAWYER who ran her firm single-handedly has welcomed two members of staff as she expands her venture.

Wills and estate planner Leah Hamilton has moved into new premises and recruited staff for the first time.

She launched her company, Family Wills, 12 years ago as a one-woman band, but demand for her services means she has now moved into her first business premises in Framwellgate Moor and taken on Jane Arthur and Annabel Parker.

Leah, a former GEC Capital Finance and retail senior manager, said: “Taking on Jane and Annabel frees me up from administration work and means I can take a more strategic look at the business.

“I love chatting to people and putting them at ease, which is absolutely vital when you are discussing such important and sensitive issues.

“Clients say that other financial people are just interested in the hard facts, but will writing is personal by its very nature, and it’s so important that clients trust you to write the will they want to leave.

“We handle every client as if they are our own sister, brother, mother, father or child. Everything’s done as if it’s part of a family.”

Leah is a member of the TAS network of specialised professional will writers and holds the highest Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners qualification in will writing, covering the North East and Cumbria.

She also has a specialism in Lasting Powers of Attorney and works with family firms on settling future inheritance and succession issues.