Michelle Hayter, Dispute Resolution Partner at Frettens Solicitors, has been accepted as an Associate Member of The Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS). Very few solicitors in this area specialise in handling contested wills and estates and Michelle is one of a small number who have attained ACTAPS status.
The Association is a forum for lawyers that specialise in contentious trust and probate work to exchange experience and know-how on this complex area of law. To be accepted as an Associate Member, solicitors must successfully complete a three year training course and may then apply for full membership status after two years of achieving this.
Frettens provides a variety of specialist legal services for their clients’ business and personal lives. The firm has a built a strong reputation for handling claims over disputed wills and inheritances, whether acting against an estate or for one of its executors. Michelle’s ACTAPS status provides clients with the assurance that Frettens has wide ranging expertise in contentious probate services. This year, Michelle successfully represented two executor clients in a High Court case which involved a disputed inheritance claim brought by a beneficiary against the executors of a will for a six figure sum.
Michelle said: “I have specialised in this field for several years and I am delighted to have completed the ACTAPS training course. As an Associate Member of ACTAPS, I will be able to continue to develop my expertise and also observe the ACTAPS code of conduct, which aims to secure a faster and more cost effective resolution of disputes for our clients.”