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Michael Derrick Partner

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"Michael Derrick is one of that rare breed of hotshot lawyers who combines his probate expertise with a friendly manner and lawyer talk that you can understand, navigating you through the stressful and complex route of dealing with a loved one's death and the mountain of paperwork that comes with it."

Private Client

Michael is a Partner in our Guildford private client department. His practice focuses on estate administration, wills, trust administration and court of protection work.

He has particular expertise in the administration of simple and of complex estates, administration of high value estates, administration of intestate estates, advising on and drafting of wills (mirror wills, life interest wills & discretionary trust wills), inheritance tax planning, trust administration, powers of attorney (general, lasting & trustee), receivership applications and other court of protection applications.

Recent work examples

  • Successfully claimed the transfer of Inheritance Tax Allowance from an estate where the late husband of the deceased died in 1946
  • Administered a high value estate with national Charities  as Residuary Beneficiaries  so as to include dealing with the requirements of s119 of the Charities Act
  • Advised clients on the formal requirements of the law applicable under the HCCH convention on the conflicts of laws relating to the form of testamentary dispositions 1961 (Hague Testamentary Dispositions Convention)

Michael's memberships and associations

  • The Law Society
  • Affiliated member of STEP, with an advanced certificate in the adminsitration of estates

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