Deborah Francis and her ACTAPS journey

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Deborah Francis is part of our Litigation and Dispute Resolution team and looks after matters involving Will, Trust and Estates disputes.

To continue to build our expert knowledge and skills as a department and firm, Deborah is completing the ACTAPS course.

She has successfully completed year 1 which comprises of the following;

Module 1 Probate actions

  • Grounds for challenging a Will and the procedure
  • Claims under the Inheritance Provision for Family and Dependants Act
  • Claims against Personal Representative
  • Devastavit/Breach of Trusts
  • Action for removal of PR and for an Order that they provide an account
  • Mutual Wills
  • Secret Trusts
  • Proprietary Estoppel

Module 2 Mental Capacity

  • The Mental capacity Act 2005
  • Testamentary Capacity
  • Enduring Powers of Attorney
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • Decision making and Deputies
  • Statutory Wills
  • Capacity to make lifetime gifts

Deborah is now half way through Year 2 and she has successfully completed;

Module 3 Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act Claims 

  • Statutory Basis of an Application
  • Grounds for Bringing a Claim
  • Reasonable financial provision
  • Matters the court take into account
  • Orders the court can make
  • Time limits
  • Interim orders
  • Donationes mortis causa – gifts made prior to death
  • Survivorship
  • Protection of PRS

She has commenced and will complete module 4 Breach of Trust Actions with ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) year 3.

In addition to the main ACTAPS course Deborah has also completed a Private Client Conversion Course ( week duration ) as she considered that this would be beneficial to her as a Contentious Probate Lawyer.

Keep an eye on this page to follow Deborah’s ACTAPS journey…