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Q&A With Solicitor, Sabrina D’Acri Davies

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The Q&A series continues with solicitor, Sabrina D’Acri Davies.

Can you tell me a bit about yourself and explain the type of work you do at Loosemores Solicitors?

I started my role as a Private Client Solicitor at Loosemores in September 2019 having qualified in June.  My work involves advising and drafting on Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and dealing with the administration of estates.

How have you been adapting to your sudden change in work environment?

It is definitely not “business as usual” but for the most part, I have been able to continue working at home with little disruption. Instead of meeting clients in person, I now arrange video calls and practice social distancing. Despite the changes, we’re working hard to provide the same level of service to our clients.

Any tips on looking after your wellbeing while working from home?

I have regular breaks, go walking once a day and do home exercises. At the start of the lockdown period, I set myself a target to become healthier with what I eat and that has become a focus of my daily motivation – having said that Easter has been a bit of a treat period. Music has always been important to me and I have found that whilst being at home it has helped me to relax. The top song on my playlist to keep me motivated at the moment is “Express Yourself” by Madonna!

How do you feel about being classified as a ‘Key Worker’ by the UK Government?

First and foremost, I would like to say that all those on the front line whether they are doctors, nurses, carers, delivery drivers or shop assistants are the most hard-working individuals that this country should truly be proud of. Secondly, I am a key worker because of my responsibility to ensure that Wills are validly executed whilst people are quarantined.  As a Solicitor, I feel an element of responsibility to ensure that the most vulnerable in our community can continue to have access to legal advice whether it be for a Will or a Lasting Power of Attorney.

What do you find rewarding about your work?

For me, it is the small things that can go a long way. Much of my work involves having to show empathy to clients in what can be difficult situations.  At the end of a meeting, when a client shows appreciation for the advice I have provided and the manner in which I have explained the legal processes, this for me is a huge reward in itself. It is really important for me to be able to provide effective reassurance to clients who can sometimes be very distressed at having lost a loved one.

What advice would you give to someone considering writing a Will?

It is a fact that most people do not have a Will. In this regard, my advice would be to never under-estimate the importance of having a properly drafted Will, even where your estate may be relatively modest or you have limited possessions. If someone does not have a Will, or it has not been drafted properly, this can lead to their wishes not being properly accounted for and potential problems for those left after they pass away.  The team in the Probate, Wills & Trusts Department at Loosemores has a wealth of experience and expertise to draw on to ensure that your Will is properly drafted and you receive the appropriate advice.

If you need advice, guidance or support from our team of legal experts, please contact Maria Cosslett, Partner and Head of Probate, Wills and Trusts at Loosemores via CosslettME@Loosemores.co.uk or Sabrina D’Acri Davies via d’acridaviesS@loosemores.co.uk or call 029 2022 4433.

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