Leigh Gonella

FCILEx - Head of Private Client, Wills & Probate

Leigh joined Steed & Steed in 2007 and is Head of the firm’s Private Client Department.

Prior to joining Steed & Steed, Leigh worked in legal support roles in a London firm. She commenced her formal legal training with the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 2013 and became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 2015.

Leigh’s practice focuses on all aspects Private Client work.

She helps clients to draft Lasting Powers of Attorney (property and financial affairs and health and welfare), which enable clients to decide in advance who will be able to make decisions on their behalf in the case that they are no longer able to do so themselves. Leigh also deals with the registration of Enduring Powers of Attorney.

She also assists clients, often close family members or friends of someone who lacks mental capacity, in their application to the Office of the Public Guardian to become a deputy in cases where there is no Lasting Power of Attorney in place.

Furthermore, she has extensive experience assisting clients to draft their wills, whether simple individual or mirror wills, or more complex wills that incorporate, for example, guardianship arrangements for young children, property trusts and multiple bequests or legacies. Within the scope of this work, she also advises clients on inheritance tax matters and care home fees.

Leigh also deals with probate administration and assists executors to comply with the legal formalities required to administer a deceased person’s estate.

She regularly assists vulnerable or elderly people and often acts on behalf of the firm as their attorney.

Leigh and the Private Client Team also support local and national charities including St Nicholas Hospice Care, Farleigh Hospice and Cancer Research by participating in their wills campaigns.

Leigh supervises assistant lawyers in the firm.

Qualifications

Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, 2015.

Contact

E: l.gonella@steedllp.co.uk 
T: 01787 373387

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