Wills and Trusts
I provide a logical and pragmatic approach to help my client’s plan their affairs and aim to be a calm helping hand for bereaved families at a difficult time in their lives.
Get to know Michelle
I studied law at Lancaster University, graduating in 2008. I thereafter spent six years working in costs litigation but decided to change specialisms in 2015. I achieved a commendation in my legal practice course, trained with a Legal 500 firm in Manchester, and now specialise in wills, tax, trusts and probate work.
I aim to work in a calm, practical manner with my clients, taking a straightforward approach in explaining legal concepts. I build a working relationship with my clients and adapt the way in which I work to suit their needs and expectations.
I'm a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), and am currently working towards obtaining the STEP Diploma in trusts and estates; the benchmark, professional qualification recognised by the private client industry.
To date, I have obtained the STEP Advanced Certificate in estate administration and the STEP Advanced Certificate in trust administration.
The extra mile
I provide commentary on current affairs for publications upon request. Most recently I've been published in Cumbria Life Magazine and worked with the charity Hourglass on a piece relating to economic abuse in the older generation.
We can't thank Slater and Gordon enough for helping us with my father's letter of administration. You made a really difficult time so much easier and took away a big headache. Michelle Hayes a big thank you and wish you and the company all the best for the future. Client testimonial for Michelle Hayes
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this firm to complete your grant of probate. The timeframe provided for completion was accurate and within 3 months. If I needed to contact the firm for any reason, the response time was quick. Overall I’m pleased with the service and will definitely be recommending the firm to my friends and family in the future. Client testimonial for Michelle Hayes