Join the latest Let's Talk webinar from Estate Research Learning Hub: De-risking will making with Prof. Lesley King and James Beresford

Estate ResearchThis free webinar from Estate Research, presented by Prof. Lesley King and James Beresford, will discuss drafting wills and de-risking will-making in the final part of this four-part LET’S TALK series.

This 90-minute webinar will touch upon how drafting wills gets no easier, especially when disgruntled family members are only too ready to challenge the dispositions of estates. When compiling the information and drafting a will, it is impossible to obliterate the possibility of challenge, but Prof. Lesley King and James Beresford will talk through some relatively simple steps which can reduce the chances of challenges being made and of such challenges succeeding when they are.

Along with a short introduction to will drafting methods and steps which can be taken, the two experts will open the floor for participants to raise their issues, seeking to answer questions submitted in advance or raised on the day via the live chat.

Although the speakers will answer live questions, they will prioritise those sent in advance. To get through as many questions and issues as possible, the speakers ask that questions are short and case-specific, as these are unlikely to be chosen. Questions can be sent in advance to

Details of the webinar

LET’S TALK De-risking Will making with Prof. Lesley King and James Beresford
11 AM –  20 June 2023

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About the speakers

Prof. Lesley King

Prof. Lesley King is a former member of the Probate & Estates Committee of STEP, a former member of the Law Society’s Wills & Equity Committee and an honorary member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists. She is a Professional Development Consultant at the University of Law and the wills and probate columnist for the Law Society Gazette. She writes and lectures extensively on wills, taxation and related matters.

She is a co-author of the following titles:

  • Wills, Taxation and Administration: A Practical Guide
  • A Modern Approach to Wills, Administration and Estate Planning (with Precedents)
  • A Modern Approach to Lifetime Tax Planning for Private Clients (with Precedents)
  • A Practitioner’s Guide to Wills
  • Varying the Disposition of an Estate after Death
  • Wills: A Practical Guide

And is also the editor of The Probate Practitioner’s Handbook.

She contributes to the Wills and Trusts volumes of Halsbury’s Laws, the Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents, and The Law and Ethics of Dementia.

James Beresford

James is a non-practising solicitor and a law lecturer specialising in private client matters. He is the author of No Will No Say – A Simple Guide to Wills and Estate Planning.


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