Partner, Head of the Probate Department
Stuart is a Partner at Coles Miller and solicitor in the Private Client department in our Poole and Wimborne offices. His works covers all aspects of private client work including drafting wills, inheritance tax advice, probate, trusts, powers of attorney and court of protection as well as advice on local authority funding for long term care. Stuart is very good at putting his clients at ease by cutting through the legal jargon and explaining complex situations in a manner that is easily understood.
Stuart has been named a Court of Protection Panel Deputy to help families affected by Dementia and other mental capacity issues. He is one of only ten solicitors in the South West to hold this role and the only one in Dorset.
Stuart will work with the Court of Protection in Holborn, London and also with the Office of the Public Guardian which supports it. His role is to provide legal protection to people who have lost the ability to take decisions for themselves and have no family or friends to help them.
Stuart studied law at the University of Essex leaving in 1997 and completed his Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in London the following year. Stuart qualified as a solicitor in 2002 and joined Coles Miller from a local firm in 2011. Stuart then became an Associate of the firm in May 2013. He has been a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) since 2007, a member of Solicitors for the Elderly and a member of the Law Society Probate section. He is also a Trustee at Forest Holme Hospice in Poole.
Stuart lives in Colehill near Wimborne and the majority of his time outside of work is spent running around after his three children. With the small amount of time he has to spare Stuart enjoys watching most sports (in particular motor racing), going to the cinema and reading.
- Drafting wills
- Inheritance tax advice
- Powers of attorney
- Court of Protection
- Local authority funding for long term care
Tel: (01202) 355695
Fax: 01202 675868