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Wilsons

ALEXANDRA HOUSE, ST JOHNS STREET, SALISBURY, SP1 2SB, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01722 412412
Fax:
Fax 01722 411500
DX:
58003 SALISBURY 1
Email:
Web:
www.wilsonsllp.com
London, Salisbury

Charlotte Watts

Tel:
Work 01722 427 728
Email:
Wilsons

Work Department

Wills & Trusts Disputes

Position

Charlotte is a partner in our Wills & Trusts Disputes team. Charlotte advises on contentious trust and probate and legacy administration problems, including Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 claims, will validity, construction of wills, problems with executors and trustees, proprietary estoppel and the Non-Contentious Probate Rules. Charlotte also deals with ex gratia claims, lost wills, joint bank accounts and lifetime gifts.  She regularly advises on proceedings in the Court of Protection including statutory will applications (where the court makes a will for a person who does not have the mental capacity to make his own) and has a special interest in this area.  She is committed to resolving disputes in a sensitive and tactful way, being mindful that they can be extremely difficult emotionally as well as financially.

Career

Charlotte trained with Wilsons and qualified as a solicitor in 2005, and became a partner in 2013.

Member

Charlotte is a member of Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS), the Charity Law Association and STEP. Charlotte was recently awarded a STEP Excellence Award as the highest scoring student in the STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes.


South West: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Wilsons has an array of national charities on its client list. The firm represented Blue Cross, RSPB and RSPCA, successful appellants in Ilott v Mitson, in the first case the Supreme Court has ever considered regarding the Inheritance Act 1975. Team head James Aspden is ‘very bright, diligent, sensible, and looks after his clients wonderfully’; he specialises in resolving high-value trust and probate disputes. Charlotte Watts is ‘organised, intelligent and gives amazingly clear and insightful advice’Fiona Campbell-White advises on disputes involving legacies and disputes arising during the course of the administration of trusts and estates, with particular experience acting for charities.

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