Why I set up SLS Wills and More
Sara Sheppard started SLS Wills and More in June 2017 after more than 30 years in private practice with a number of solicitors across East Kent.
"The reason I began SLS Wills and More was to provide a friendly caring service in the comfort of my clients own homes. During the course of my career I have found that a lot of people, particularly those who are the most vulnerable, prefer to remain at home, where they feel more comfortable than in a a solicitor's office, which can provide logistical difficulties, can be difficult to get to access and can sometimes feel overbearing. I like to spend time with my clients, to get to know them and their family circumstances before discussing their requirements as this helps to ensure that the advice I give is tailored to their unique situations – it is not a one size fits all solution!"
SLS Wills and More
About Sara Sheppard
Sara began her career with NatWest Investments in Kent. In 2000, she left NatWest to work with a local firm of accountants to handle probate work and started studying for the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, which introduced Sara to preparing Wills and Powers of Attorney and the need to plan for the future to prevent stress and problems for families left behind. Sara soon moved into private legal practice whilst continuing her studies and qualified as a Trust and Estate Practitioner in 2003
Sara quickly realised that her accountancy skills would be invaluable to her in her career as a lawyer, particularly when dealing with people who were vulnerable or being financially abused. Sara felt that she could use use her legal and accountancy skills to help protect people and their finances.
Sara began helping people by ensuring that during their later years, they knew that they would be protected by the people they trusted the most by creating Lasting Powers of Attorney, or if it was too late for by making applications to the Court of Protection to appoint deputies (whether family members or professional deputies), and finally ensuring that their wishes were adhered to by preparing Wills to ensure that their assets passed to the people they wished to benefit.
Most of our clients come to SLS Wills and More because of personal recommendations. We are happy to speak to anyone over the age of 18 who might be interested in the services we have to offer. There is no age barrier, other than you have to be over the age of 18 to make a Will or Power of Attorney. We hope, that in time, that future generations of clients will come back to us when they want to consider their own provisions. You do not have to be wealthy to use our services. It is important that even if you do not own a house or have much money that you do at least make a Will so that if you have young children for example, you make sure that there is someone who will care for them.
‘Throughout my career I have been a longstanding volunteer with St John Ambulance in Kent, mainly as a youth leader training young people in first aid. However since 2015, I have concentrated on Safeguarding, firstly as a District Safeguarding Officer, but since March 2020 I have decided to remain on the Safeguarding team to help support my colleagues.
I have also trained to become a Dementia Friends Champion so that I can provide information awareness sessions about Dementia. This is an initiative set up by Alzheimer’s Society and I am proud to have helped create new Dementia Friends since July 2019.’
I am happy to provide seminars to business groups or to local community groups about the importance of the services I offer.
Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
Sara Sheppard has been a registered Trust and Estate Practitioner since 2003. As an experienced Practitioner you can be certain that you will be treated with dignity and respect when you ask SLS Wills and More to help you with your Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney.
STEP can be contacted at Artillery House(South), 11- 19 Artillery Row, London SW1P 1RT. Telephone number: 0203752 3700. Website: www.step.org
Society of Will Writers
I am an Associate of the Society of Will Writers (ASWW). They can be contacted at Chancery House, Whisby Way, Lincoln LN6 3LQ. Telephone number: 01522 687888. Website: www.willwriters.com