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Elizabeth Short

Elizabeth Short

Partner, Wills, Probate, Tax & Trusts

Location: Reading & Henley-on-Thames
Qualified as a solicitor: 2014

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Elizabeth Short is a partner in our leading Wills, Probate, Tax & Trusts team.

Elizabeth specialises in the preparation of wills, estate and inheritance tax planning, probate and estate administration of taxable and non-taxable estates and drafting lasting powers of attorney (LPAs).

She studied History at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. Elizabeth then spent two years working for a global management consultancy firm based in London, before completing her GDL and LPC at the College of Law. She joined Blandy & Blandy in 2014, having completed her training contract with a firm in Brighton, and became an associate solicitor in 2018 and a partner in January 2022.

Elizabeth is a member of the Law Society Private Client Section, a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) an associate member of Solicitors for the Elderly, an independent, national organisation of lawyers (solicitors, barristers and legal executives) who provide specialist legal advice for older and vulnerable people, their families and carers and a a trained Dementia Friend, an Alzheimer's Society initiative. She is recommended in The Legal 500.

Examples of recent work

  • Acting on behalf of executors where a beneficiary could not be located and subsequently arranging for funds to be paid into court under s63 of the Trustee Act 1925.
  • Obtaining a Grant ad Colligenda Bona following an order made under s116 of the Administration of Estates Act 1925 in circumstances where the deceased’s family could not be located and his property was falling into a state of disrepair.
  • Obtaining a grant of representation for the use and benefit of a minor.
  • Advising in relation to an estate facing multiple claims from the deceased’s former spouse and children under the provisions of the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975 and working in conjunction with our Dispute Resolution team in relation to this.
  • Advising executors on an estate where the structure of the will was such that the residence nil rate band would otherwise have been denied and making use of s144 of the Inheritance Tax Act 1984 to maximise the available allowances accordingly.
  • Acting in the administration of an estate with holdings in several limited companies and working with our Commercial team and the family accountant in order to maximise the availability of business property relief.
  • Advising on the structure of tax efficient wills in circumstances where both spouses had previously been widowed and accordingly, with the benefit of an appropriate structure, four nil rate bands could be utilised.

How I Can Help You

  • Wills and estate/Inheritance Tax (IHT) planning
  • Trust administration
  • Probate and estate administration for taxable and non-taxable estates
  • Powers of Attorney (LPAs and EPAs)

Professional Memberships:
Member, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
Associate member, Solicitors for the Elderly
Member, The Law Society

College of Law, GDL and LPC
University of East Anglia, BA (Hons) History 

Accreditations & Awards:
Dementia Friend, Alzheimer's Society
Winner - 'Best Probate Law Firm - London/South East', UK Probate Research Awards 2019
Recommended, The Legal 500

What Our Clients Say

“Elizabeth came highly recommended to us by some friends and we were not disappointed. She was charming, kind and efficient and put us at ease immediately. The whole experience was a pleasure.”

“Elizabeth is an asset to your law firm. ”

“Elizabeth is one of the most capable, yet personable, solicitors I have ever encountered.”

“You worked miracles and made the whole process very straightforward. It was a pleasure to work with you.”

“A very professional solicitor. I would recommend her for any legal matter.”

“I am very, very happy with all of the services that Blandy’s provided. I honestly think that you are brilliant!”

“Thank you very much for the kind way you dealt with my husband's estate during a very difficult time.”

“Elizabeth Short was very personable, helpful and efficient. We both enjoyed our dealings with her.”

“Elizabeth was professional, efficient and friendly and her work is excellent.”

“Elizabeth Short was very understanding and reassuring and made the whole process a painless experience. I feel as a result that my wishes will be met.”

“Thank you for your kind attention in dealing with my father's estate, and also for all your assistance in helping mum through this difficult time.”

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