Sara Sheppard started SLS Wills and More in June 2017 after more than 30 years in private practices 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 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 in at home, where they feel more comfortable than in a solicitor’s office, which can provide logistical difficulties, can be difficult to get 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.”
Sara began her career at NatWest Investments in Kent. In 2000, Sara 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 to into private legal practice whilst continuing her studies and qualified as a Trust and Estate Practitioner in 2003.
Sara realised 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 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 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 are passed to the people they wished to benefit.
“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. Over the last 4 years, I have concentrated on Safeguarding within St John Ambulance as the District Safeguarding Officer, which takes me all over the County and to Hastings. As part of my role, I am a registered safeguarding trainer for St John Ambulance, and this fits very nicely into my legal career.”
A will is one of the most important documents you will ever make so we would advise you to do everything you can to make sure it is done properly. If you would like some advice on Will Writing, Power of Attorneys and how we can help you, you can call Sara on 01304 577998 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.