I am an Associate and Head of the Private Client Department. I advise individuals and families on planning for their future and assist through challenging and sensitive times. I consider myself approachable and understanding, whilst offering practical and tailored solutions to the individual situation.
My areas of work
I am an experienced Chartered Legal Executive and fully accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly. I provide specialist advice on a variety of private client matters ranging from drafting Wills to dealing with administration of deceased’s estates and obtaining probate. I can assist with tax planning and the creation of trusts and ensure that people can make decisions about an individual’s financial affairs and health by drafting bespoke powers of attorney.
I have a particular interest in issues surrounding mental capacity and assisting vulnerable clients. I regularly advise families on Court of Protection applications and payment of care. I obtained a distinction in the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Advanced Certificate & Diploma in Advising Vulnerable Clients which is a comprehensive qualification of the legal, welfare, financial and practical issues surrounding the care and advice provided to vulnerable and elderly clients and their families.
I am a Dementia Friends Champion. I often speak at seminars, including support groups for people living with dementia and their carers.
My previous experience
I qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in 2009, having worked exclusively in the field of private client law since 2004. I joined BakerLaw in January 2013.
What clients say about me
“Excellent service. Debbie Duggan was very professional and listened to my requests and made me think deeper into my Will needs. Thoroughly recommended and have already to a very good friend. Thank you.” [Ms D, November 2016]
“All your help and understanding was very much appreciated. Thank you so very much.” [Mr R, June 2017]
“We have received an excellent service from Debbie Duggan and her team. We would not hesitate to recommend BakerLaw’s services to our family, friends and anyone that we come across in the future.” [Mr D, March 2017]
"Debbie provided excellent advice and guidance and was totally professional from first contact." [Mr H, April 2018]
"Debbie Duggan has been painstakingly patient. Very efficient but throughout thoughtful, confidence inspiring and knowledgable. She had wonderful attention to detail. Many Thanks." [Mrs K, June 2018]
My interest and hobbies
I am a Volkswagen enthusiast and combine this with my enjoyment of the countryside. I enjoy cycling and walking and have completed challenges to raise funds for charity including climbing Snowdon and Ben Nevis and various cycling events such as a 104km ride through the night for cancer charities.
Qualifications and Accreditations
I am a full member of STEP, the leading worldwide professional body for the most experienced and senior practitioners in the fields of trusts, estates and related issues. I am also a full accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly, an independent national organisation of lawyers with a wealth of experience working for older and vulnerable clients. I am proud to have fulfilled the extensive criteria to obtain full membership.