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Happy Pride month one and all!

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Happy Pride month one and all!

Let’s not forget that Pride Month is more than just a month full of bright colours and parades…it’s a wilful, intentional reminder to be an ally to the LGBTQ+ members of the community all of the time. I am very proud to be working for a firm that strives to do just that.

Being within a customer-centred industry, how my colleagues and I engage with our clients is of the utmost importance. I had a client tell me not too long ago that he had put off taking advice as he was very nervous about having to go into detail about his personal circumstances. 

This really surprised me, and also saddened me that some clients face feelings of anxiety about coming to me or any one of my colleagues for advice (We’re not that scary I hope!) As a society, it is clear we still have a lot of work to do.

For those in the LGBTQ+ community, it is as important as ever to plan for the future. If there is anything that the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us, nothing is certain for anyone, no matter who you are. 

I work in the Wills, Trusts and Probate team at Birkett Long and I have seen first-hand the increased level of anxiety the pandemic has created. One thing I know for sure is that making sure your affairs are in order should be at the top of your priority list in 2021.  Even if you have a will, does this still reflect your wishes? 

Life changes very quickly and I would urge everyone over the age of 18 to have a will and Lasting Powers of Attorney in place, just in case there is ever a time when life doesn’t go to plan. Most people have some form of opinion about what they would like to happen regardless of their identity or background. For the LGBTQ+ community especially, a person’s identity may have an impact on their wishes for example, on the care and treatment they would like to receive.

If you have any questions about anything ‘Private Client’ related, we are here to help. We are still working from home where possible so if you don’t yet feel comfortable with coming into the office, we can take your instructions via telephone or video call. 

I am always available for a free, 15 minute chat, in the first instance to answer any questions you may have. You can reach me on my direct line 01245 453837 or via email on