About

Deanne Ferguson FCILEx is a qualified lawyer and is a fully accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly. She qualified in 2009 as a Chartered Legal Executive (CILEx Lawyer) and is regulated by CILEX Regulation Authority. Deanne is also an Affiliate member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

Professional Background

Having worked in the legal sector for 20 years, including as a partner at two different law firms, Deanne made the decision to set up Benfield Legal with the motive of giving clients a more personable and bespoke level of service than offered in a traditional law firm. Deanne prides herself on her friendly but professional approach.

Deanne is a specialist Private Client Lawyer and can advise on areas including Succession Planning; the Administration of Estates and Trusts; Wills; Trusts; Inheritance Tax; Powers of Attorney; Co-ownership of Property (including Declarations of Trust) and strategies to protect assets.
Deanne acts for clients of all ages but has achieved both the Older Client Care in Practice and the Older Client Care in Law Awards from Solicitors for the Elderly, thereby achieving the status of a Full Accredited Member. Membership is reserved for Lawyers who can demonstrate a higher level of knowledge and skill in assisting elderly clients.

Services

Wills

A Will sets out who is to benefit from your property and possessions (your “Estate”) after your death and can appoint guardians and trustees for any minor children.

Lasting Powers of Attorney

A power of attorney is a legal document that allows you (the ‘donor’) to appoint one or more people (known as ‘attorneys’) to help you make decisions or to make decisions on your behalf.

Administration of Estates

(Probate)

We understand that dealing with the administration of an estate can be very emotional and distressing, which is why we handle the process with compassion and efficiency.

Co-ownership of property (Declarations of Trust)

A Declaration of Trust is a legally binding agreement which records the financial arrangement between owners. It can set out who put in what and who pays for things such as the mortgage, bills, home improvement and costs and how the proceeds will be divided upon sale.