FBC Manby BowdlerCorporate Partner
FBC Manby Bowdler is a West Midlands and Shropshire based firm, with offices in Wolverhampton, Shrewsbury, Telford, Edgbaston, Redditch, Church Stretton, Willenhall and Bridgnorth.
Our Firm has an ethos of Stellar Service whereby we aim to ensure that every client receives a personal, transparent and bespoke service, to be delivered at a stellar level.
We have a team of specialist charity lawyers spread across various departments of the Firm with extensive experience of delivering practical, commercial advice and legal solutions to charities and not for profit organisations, as their trusted advisors, to enable them to operate successfully.
Our Corporate Team can assist with the establishment of a charity, advising on changes in structure, including any merger or joint venture.
The Commercial Team is able to undertake constitutional reviews, and can assist in outlining governance duties and the powers of trustees. They will also facilitate charity commissioner enquiries and can provide business contract advice as needed.
Our Private Client Department is experienced in assisting with legacy case management in a manner that is efficient and sensitive, but also proactive. We are also able to advise legacy managers in ensuring they are compliant with all professional standards associated with legacy giving.
The Disputed Probate Team is able to assist in circumstances where a will leaving a legacy to a charity is challenged, or where a claim is brought against the estate pursuant to the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. The Team can also advise in circumstances where an executor / trustee is not properly administering an estate or has in some way acted in breach of trust.
Our Disputed Probate Team attended and featured at the Smee & Ford Excellence in Legacy Management Conference in December 2018, presenting a key note speech and leading a workshop. The Firm is also involved in Round Table for Wills and Probate discussions.
Key Contact – Kimberly Mears
Kimberly is an Associate within the Firm’s Disputed Probate Team and is an accredited member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS). Kimberly advises both individuals and charities on a range of issues arising from disputed trusts and estates.
Kimberly is able to assist with applications seeking the removal of an executor / trustee, or alternatively seeking directions from the Court that an executor / trustee acts in a certain way. Kimberly is also experienced in advising upon both probate claims seeking to challenge / defend the validity of a will and upon bringing / defending claims pursuant to the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.
As an experienced litigator, Kimberly is confident in advising her clients through the Court process and in engaging in alternative dispute resolution in an effort to bring disputes to an efficient and effective conclusion.