Statement regarding COVID-19
We are following advice to do all we can to minimise risk to our clients and staff while maintaining the service you expect of us. For obvious reasons we ask you not to call at the office. We shall do all we can by post, telephone and email. Please understand that while all letters, emails and messages will be answered, this may take longer than usual.

Wills, Powers of Attorney and Probate

The wills and probate team at Franklins has experience in matters relating to wills, probate, inheritance tax, trusts and related matters.

The Wills and Probate Team

Helen Foreman

MA Solicitor

Helen Foreman is the partner responsible for Franklins’ private client (wills and probate) department. Helen joined Franklins in 1999. Since 2001 Helen has been a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and is on Mencap’s list of experienced practitioners for wills and trusts for the disabled.

Helen Foreman - MA Solicitor

Carli Colby

LLB Solicitor

Carli qualified as a solicitor in 2002 and is experienced in wills, estate administration, trusts, tax planning, powers of attorney and elderly client advice. For a time, Carli specialised in Court of Protection work including personal injury trusts. Carli speaks German, is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly and a student member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

Carli Colby - LLB Solicitor

Louise O’Donnell

LLB Solicitor

Louise is a STEP qualified Private Client Solicitor with over 10 years of experience.  Louise joined Franklins in 2019 after spending 7 years working for the private wealth team within a large national law firm, having previously practiced in Bath.  Louise deals predominantly with Probate and Estate Administration but has extensive knowledge across private client matters.

Louise O’Donnell - LLB Solicitor

Linda Bunning

Secretary and Fellow of the Institute of Paralegals

Linda works mainly with Helen Foreman and has been with Franklins since 2007. Linda completed the study and assessments to be admitted as a Fellow to the Institute of Paralegals in 2015 and continues with the ongoing training required by the Institute.

Linda Bunning - Secretary and Fellow of the Institute of Paralegals

Sharleen McLernan

Secretary and Fellow of the Institute of Paralegals

Sharleen has worked in a number of departments since joining Franklins in 1996. Sharleen now works with Carli Colby and in 2015, was admitted as a Fellow to the Institute of Paralegals. Sharleen too carries out the continuing training required by the Institute.

Sharleen McLernan - Secretary and Fellow of the Institute of Paralegals

Tara Robins

Secretary

Tara has over 12 years’ experience as a legal secretary and joined us in August 2018. Tara works with Louise O’Donnell.

Tara Robins - Secretary

Pam Cox

Receptionist

If you come to the office, the first person you are likely to meet is our receptionist Pam Cox. Pam joined us in 2016 after working for many years in a local GP’s surgery.

Pam Cox - Receptionist