Justin Holmes is recommended as a leading junior for Private Client: Trusts and Probate work by the Legal 500 and for Traditional Chancery and Court of Protection expertise by Chambers UK, which notes that he is “especially good on deputyship applications, statutory wills and the making of gifts”.
Justin advises and represents executors, trustees and beneficiaries in disputes involving wills, estates and trusts, and has particular experience of applications under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. He has advised and represented clients in numerous cases involving the selection or replacement of executors, administrators and trustees. His practice includes applications in the Probate Registry of the Family Division as well as in the Chancery Division of the High Court.
A major part of his work is providing sensible, clear and practical advice to executors, trustees and administrators on the construction of wills and trusts, and, if necessary, obtaining the court's determination of questions in dispute.
Justin has particular experience of Court of Protection litigation, including contested deputyships, objections to attorneys under Lasting and Enduring Powers of Attorney, orders for lifetime gifts and statutory wills, applications for declarations of capacity, applications for personal welfare orders (such as a direction as to which residential home is suitable for the incapacitated person, or whether a particular individual should be allowed to visit the incapacitated person), and applications for authority to conduct litigation.
He is also experienced in property matters, having advised and represented clients in cases involving contracts for the sale of land, rights of way and other easements, boundaries and rectification.
He is a regular speaker at conferences on Court of Protection matters and on wills and probate issues.
More specific details of Justin's work are available via the links below:
Justin is recommended for both Traditional Chancery and Court of Protection by Chambers UK and for Private Client: Trusts and Probate by The Legal 500.
Recent editorial has included:
Costs in the Court of Protection (Sept. 2009) Elderly Client Advisor.
Digest of recent cases in the Court of Protection (2010) Elderly Client Adviser Probate Guide 2010.
Queens' College, Cambridge
VAT Registration Number: 646072832
Bar Membership Number: 31572
Member of Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS); Member of Chancery Bar Association (ChBA).
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