Mary is a Partner with over 17 years’ experience as a private client solicitor and heads up the department’s Elderly and Vulnerable team.
Mary regularly advises clients on complex wills, including advising individuals of appropriate ways for providing for disabled and vulnerable beneficiaries. She also deals with estate planning work for wealthy clients including business owners and those with agricultural interests.
Mary specialises in later life planning including powers of attorney, deputyships and looking after the personal affairs of clients for whom BTC are deputy or attorney. She also deals with statutory will, gifting and other applications to the Court of Protection. Mary has recently passed with Merit the STEP Advanced Certificate in Advising Vulnerable Clients.
Mary deals with estate administration and has experience of complex estates including farming and business assets and advises on post-death planning through deeds of variation.
Mary is a trustee of both Maidstone Mencap and Spadework, both of which she is passionate about supporting both in and outside of the office.
Mary is a Dementia Friend Champion and delivers information sessions to enable to enable others to become dementia friends. She strives to be an advocate for people with dementia and a source of information and support for those around her. She has created over 1,000 dementia friends. Mary was a finalist in the Emma Kent Award for Outstanding Contribution Category in the Dementia Friendly Kent Awards 2019.
Mary has given talks to local charities including Mencap and Tunbridge Wells Mental Health Services on topics relating to elderly and vulnerable clients such as wills and estate planning, powers of attorney and deputyships. Mary has also written articles for publication including for the Trusts and Estates Journal, South East Farmer, STEP Journal and STEP Advising Families website.
Mary enjoys being able to help clients put their legal affairs in order and strives to do with a practical yet sensitive approach.
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Mary is passionate about and specialises in Elderly and Vulnerable work. She spends approximately a third of her time dealing with this area, a third with wills and estate planning and a third with probate and estate administration.
Mary Rimmer has great empathy – was very clear in her explanations – nothing was too much trouble – a really nice person who did a great job.