Meet the Committee

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Claire Miller

I am Claire Miller, my company is called Langton Genealogy; a genealogical research company which I opened in 2010.

My role is working with Private Client and Court of Protection Teams, supporting them in locating beneficiaries or trustees and compiling family trees for intestacy matters or statutory wills.  I love my work, every day is different; that is why I enjoy my job, so much.  The Eureka moment makes it all worthwhile!

In 2022, Langton Genealogy was Highly Commended in the category of Best Probate Research Company at the National Paralegal Awards.  At the 2023 National Paralegal Awards, I won the Best Probate Research Paralegal and Best Paralegal in the North & Midlands categories.  I was also Highly Commended as Paralegal of the Year at the 2022 Modern Law Awards.

I am a Dementia Friend.  I work closely with a colleague to regularly run Dementia Friends Session; I believe that it is of huge benefit to our sector and people living with dementia.

Wherever possible, I promote the paralegal sector, by advocating regulation.  I was thrilled to be asked to be on the steering committee for the Institute of Paralegals, following their acquisition by CILEX.  Langton Genealogy was the first Probate Research company to join BEST Foundation.

I am really looking forward to being part of the Women in Wills Committee 😊

Annam Nasir

Annam has extensive experience in the private client field. She has over 10 years experience advising clients on various Wills, Trusts and Probate disputes. She has been recognised in the Legal 500 as ‘Exceptional in dealing with complex disputes. Keen attention to detail and good knowledge of the law. Easy but confident manner with the clients, which encourages their trust’. Annam hosts regular Private Wealth Forums aimed at providing support to Will writers on the pitfalls of drafting Wills and Powers of Attorney and is also a member of ACTAPS and ConTrA.

Annam is passionate about supporting professional women as well as increasing diversity within the WIW group and is excited to work alongside the Chair and Committee members to achieve these objectives.

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Dee McKenna

Dee has extensive experience in the probate and estate administration sector, having worked with solicitors, IFA’s, Will writers and other legal professionals across her career. She is passionate about using a collaborative approach to help professionals support their clients whilst also bringing awareness of key risk management solutions to the market. This ensures clients can identify any pain points and de-risk their processes when dealing with an estate or property transaction.

In her spare time Dee likes to be in nature, with dog walks and forest hikes taking top priority. She successfully completed a trek to Everest Base Camp in 2023 whilst driving her own fundraising campaign to support two incredible charities.

“I am highly motivated to get started as a committee member of Women in Wills, this is a privileged opportunity to continue to grow, and I’m excited to get to do that amongst such a supportive and collaborative group of women whilst supporting the goals of our new Chair. Looking forward to seeing what we curate across 2024 together!”

Helen Forster

I am a solicitor and Trusts and Estates Practitioner. Since qualifying in 2009, I have specialised in Wills, Probate, Trusts, Tax and Court of Protection matters, and I am a Dementia Champion with Age UK, a member for Solicitors for the Elderly and also a member of STEP (The Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners).

My other work includes seminars, lecturing and training throughout the Country with institutions such as regional Law Societies and MBL Seminars Limited, as well as providing in house training on a number of subjects.

In addition, I also teach night classes at Rossett School Adult Learning in Harrogate, giving individuals and insight into how legal documents such as Lasting Powers of Attorney are drafted, as well as pitfalls and problems.

Over my career I have been highly commended twice in the Yorkshire Legal Awards, as well as receiving an award for second place in the Modern Law Awards 2016 in the category of “Rising Star” in England and Wales. HTF Legal has recently won an award in the Retirement Planning Awards as best Wills and Probate Solicitor in Yorkshire in 2022. I have recently been shortlisted for Managing Partner of the Year 2023 in the Yorkshire Legal Awards.

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Emma Baddaley

With a BA (hons) in Cultural Studies, Emma has over 27 years’ experience at senior client facing level, managing relationships with FTSE 100 firms, global data providers and professional services firms. For the past 10 years, she has worked extensively in the legal sector; in recent years within wills and probate, to provide Estatesearch’s award-winning legal service solutions to private client teams, estate planners and will writers.

Emma has regularly been part of the wills and probate industry round table discussions on knowledge and best practice, as well as giving guidance to probate and estate planning clients. She is also part of the highly successful Women In Wills group run by Today’s Media, the publishers of Today’s Wills and Probate, which Estatesearch sponsors and co-chairs.

Bethany Crease

Beth is Head of Marketing at Arken Legal, one of Women in Wills long-standing sponsors and provider of the industry’s leading estate planning software. For over 11 years she has been working with technology firms to help them scale their marketing, generate demand, position their brand, and grow their business.

As someone who has worked in a male dominated sector for her whole career, Beth is delighted to join Women in Wills and help facilitate important conversations, share wisdom, and support one another in any way she can.

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Karen Babington

Karen has over 25 years’ experience in the legal, property and mortgage market. She has co-founded several companies including Easier2move (sold to Simplify in 2010), Lawyer Checker and Today’s Media, previously known as Solve Legal.

During her time at Solve Legal Karen became very interested in the wills and probate sector and launched Today’s Wills and Probate, the British Wills and Probate awards and subsequently Women in Wills.

 

Today, Karen is today a co-founder and owner of Collaborative Conveyancing, a legal tech company which launched Enquiry Manager in March 2024 after 2 years in development.

Aalia Ijaz

Aalia joined Myerson in 2021 as an Associate Solicitor in the Private Client department.

Aalia graduated from the University of Leeds with a 2:1 LLB Hons Law Degree and completed her Legal Practice Course with BPP Professional Education with a Distinction.

She undertook her training contract at a regional firm and qualified as a solicitor in 2016.  Aalia has experience of dealing with Wills, estate administration, Lasting Powers of Attorney and trusts.

Aalia is a fully qualified member of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP) having completed the diploma in 2018. She is also a member of the Private Client Section with the Law Society. Aalia has been a member of Women in Wills since 2020.

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Tara McInnes

Tara has more than 20 years’ experience as a solicitor practising in litigation. Over the years, she has successfully resolved hundreds of disputes relating to contentious probate matters including several high-profile trials. She specialises in will challenges and claims against Estate property and trusts. She has participated in numerous mediations for both multi-million-pound disputes and lower value, but equally important claims by claimants and defendants under the Inheritance Act.  Tara has had many reported cases which have set legal precedents in this area of law. She heads up the contentious probate team at The Burnside Partnership, a boutique firm specialising in private client matters.

Tara is a full member of ACTAPS, is PDSL accredited and an IMI qualified mediator. This means she is able to act as mediator and specialises in contentious probate mediations.

She is a strong advocate for supporting women in business and has been a member of Women in Wills since its first meeting.

When not resolving contentious probate disputes Tara can generally be found running.  She has competed in all six of the International World Marathon Majors as well as other local marathons, half-marathons, trail runs and ultra marathons including a 106km jaunt around the Isle of Wight.