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Michael is a Solicitor and Senior Associate in the Private Client team and is based at our Halifax office.
Michael joined Ramsdens in 2010 and then went on to complete his Training Contract with the firm. Michael qualified as a Solicitor in 2015 and specialises in Wills, Powers of Attorney and Trust and Estate Administration, including Testate and Intestate Estates.
Michael acts for individual clients in Will drafting, Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) and advises Executors/Administrators/Trustees in Estate administration where there is a valid Will, or where there is not and the Rules of Intestacy apply. Michael administers Estates from first instruction, to Grant and IHT applications, all the way through to the distribution of the Estate.
Michael administers Estates across the country and corresponds with a large number of beneficiaries in the UK and all over the world. As Intestate Estates (where an individual has passed away without leaving a Will) are inherited by the entitled heirs under the Intestacy Rules, Michael instructs and liaises with International Probate Genealogists on a regular basis on behalf of Clients. Dependent on the circumstances of the demise of the individual, Michael will liaise with numerous institutions and individuals including, Coroners; Councils; Police; Informants and the Government Legal Department Bona Vacantia Division.
Michael has appeared on the BBC programme Heir Hunters as part of his involvement in Intestate Estates that have had the involvement of International Probate Genealogist.
Michael is also a Trustee at Community Transport Calderdale (CTC). CTC aim to provide transport for those residents of Calderdale and Kirklees who cannot access existing forms of transport provision for reasons of ill health, isolation, disability, poverty or social exclusion.
Michael is a Dementia Friend and encourages others to make a positive difference to people living with dementia in their community. Michael also regularly attends the AGE UK free legal advice clinic in Halifax and Huddersfield.
Visit our Probate Wills and Trusts section, for more information on our services, or alternatively, call our team on 01484 821 500.