Katie de Swarte
Katie joined Child & Child in July 2013 to expand the Contentious Trusts and Probate department. Katie qualified as a solicitor in December 2011 and specialises in all areas of contentious trusts and probate but also has wide experience in general litigation matters.
Katie acts for private individuals, acting for both applicants and respondents and advises on all aspects of the validity of wills, including claims of lack of testamentary capacity, lack of knowledge and approval and undue influence, claims brought under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, claims against executors and trustees and professional negligence actions in relation to will drafting, administration and trust matters. She also advises on the construction and rectification of wills and trust deeds.
Katie also advises in Court of Protection proceedings, including statutory will applications and making and contesting Deputyship applications.
Katie is part of the Solicitors for the Elderly.
Katie is currently undertaking the STEP Diploma.
- Member of Solicitors for the Elderly
- Student Member of STEP
Blogs written by Katie
- Carer caught up in legal battle commenced by professional Genealogist
- Will Rectification: The Marley v Rawlings way...
- Son forges mother's signature on deathbed will
- Death before completion...
- Typical pre-action steps for a will dispute
- The Jackson Reforms bite
- A costly mistake...
- A costly mistake continued...
- Donation under will to BNP fails
- Knowledge & Approval: The case of Brennan v Prior
- Practical steps to be taken when a vendor or buyer dies after exchange but prior to completion - published in STEP Volume 22/Issue 2
- Contesting a will after someone has died
Katie represented me in a claim against me by my sister in respect of our late mother’s estate. I found Katie’s treatment of the case extremely efficient and professional. She was very understanding, intuitive and empathised with me when necessary, but was firm and resolute when needed. Due to Katie’s efforts this matter was brought to a conclusion. I had previously instructed another firm solicitors in this matter and I just wish I had been introduced to Katie sooner.