Stephen Lawson has been elected to represent North West solicitors, accountants, financial advisers and Will-writers on the national council of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).
He beat off stiff competition to be selected to serve on the national professional body which provides accreditation for anyone involved in Will-writing or estate planning, as well as professional development training, publications and events.
Frodsham based Stephen Lawson is a partner at FDR Law and specialises in inheritance disputes and the only solicitor practising in the Warrington and Chester area who is a member of both STEP and the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS).
Two years ago he was invited to launch a new Cheshire branch of STEP. As chairman, he has overseen the formation and expansion of the group, which is now flourishing with a membership of more than 60 professionals from across the county.
Stephen said he was delighted to be elected to serve the five counties of the North West region at national level. “There are many issues facing estate planning and probate specialists, not least the problem of unregulated practitioners offering sub-standard services.
“We have a mission to improve the quality of Will-writing and financial planning across the whole of the North West. Currently Will-writers do not have to possess any qualifications in this field but hopefully STEP can help everyone to raise their game. Certainly for the public, choosing an accredited STEP member takes the lottery factor out of tracking down an appropriately qualified person.”
STEP is a worldwide network of more than 17,500 members, with branches in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australasia.