We’re all human, we all make mistakes

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Joining the latest Today’s Wills and Probate Podcast is Dan Temple, an expert in acknowledging and understanding the human impact of working, and managing employees and businesses. The discussion centres on creating effective and high performing teams, and what steps law firms can, and should, be taking to enable this in their business. Dan leads […]

Navigating the ups and downs of running a will writing business

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The Today’s Wills and Probate Podcast welcomes Andrew Buchan, Managing Director of James McKenzie Wills, to discuss the ups and downs of running an estate planning business. Andrew has been with the business for 14 years and has seen the development of the sector first hand. He explains his role and responsibility both to his […]

Law firms and leadership – the skill of profitable delegation

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The Today’s Wills and Probate podcast welcome Dan Warburton on to discuss the topic of leadership. Dan works with law firms leaders and partners to elevate their leadership skills to enable them empower staff to be more efficient and effective. Dan describes his work as “the skill of profitable delegation;” to create leaders who can […]

The importance of performance management over appraisals

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Hamza Hafesji, Group Product Manager at Advanced Legal, joins the latest Today’s Wills and Probate podcast to discuss the importance of implementing a culture of performance management in a business. For years the only time most employees receive any sort of constructive feedback has been in an annual appraisal. For Hamza, something has to fundamentally […]

What clients want…

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The first Today’s Wills and Probate podcast on 2024, and the start of series 3, explores the perennial question on the minds and lips of most businesses… what do clients really want? A report from Law Firm Marketing Club does just that. Now in it’s 4th year, “What Clients Want” is an extensive piece of […]

Insight, opinion and innovation; Today’s Wills and Probate Podcast Round-Up 2023

Today's Wills and Probate Podcast

The Today’s Wills and Probate podcast delivers regular insight into goings on across the wills, probate, tax, trusts and estate planning profession through interviews and discussions with those who are actively engaged in it. Since launching in 2022 it has now delivered 32 episodes covering topics as varied as private client law, innovation and technology, […]

The importance of faith in my legal career

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Recorded in the week before the British Wills and Probate Awards 2023, this latest podcast explores the role faith plays in Yasmin Hoque’s legal career. A practicing Muslim, Yasmin explores the way her faith has shaped her career to date firstly as a lawyer based in London, and later as the founder or AL-HQ Law […]

The Perfect Lawyer

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The latest Today’s Wills and Probate podcast welcomes Simon McCrum to discuss the contents of his latest book “The Perfect Lawyer” with host David Opie. There isn’t much Simon McCrum doesn’t know about running a law firm having been there, done it, and got the t-Shirt. In this discussion Simon shares a little about his […]

Professional Standards Board sharpens “blunt stick”

The Professional Standards Board (PSB), the committee set up to provide oversight and governance for The Society of Will Writers, has strengthened its remit in an effort to beef up consumer protection, consumer confidence and professional standards. In a recent podcast with Today’s Wills and Probate, Nick Ash, Managing Director of W&P Legal Services and […]

Probate; the “old school” way…

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The latest Today’s Wills and Probate podcast welcomes Laurelo on to talk about the current challenges facing probate practitioners. Michael speaks with host David about the origins of the business and his ambitions to support those going through the probate process. Describing their approach as “old school,” Michael ensures all clients are seen face to […]

“The best thing about being a private client lawyer is…”

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The Today’s Wills and Probate podcast welcome Ian Bond on to discuss the life and times of a private client practitioner in 2023.  Ian is a partner in the Lifestyle and Estate Planning Team at Irwin Mitchell having joined in January 2023 and is a vocal advocate for the private client profession. Recorded in July […]

Using social media to generate will writing leads

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Following a Summer break the Today’s Wills and Probate podcast returns to discuss the challenge of generating new and consistent leads sources for will writing and legal business. A perennial challenge, host David Opie is joined by social media lead generation specialist Matt Jones, founder of Shed Social a digital lead generation agency to discuss […]

Dealing with the emotional side of private client work

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The latest Today’s Wills and Probate podcast welcomes Emily Robertson, Associate from Burgess Mee, to talk about the impact her job has on her mental health and wellbeing. Emily is part of the private client team dealing with Wills, Trusts, Probate and Court of Protection. She explains that each of the disciplines bring with them […]

Branding is so much more than your logo

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If we thought branding was about logos and then we’re absolutely wrong… it’s about reputation, meaning, culture, service and so much more according to Matt Davies who joins host David Opie on the latest Today’s Conveyancer podcast. Matt lives and breathes branding and his enthusiasm for the subject comes across through this discussion which provides […]

A day in the life of a private client lawyer

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Scott Walker, a consultant solicitor with Richard Nelson LLP is the latest guest on the Today’s Wills and Probate Podcast, joining host David Opie to discuss the ups and downs of his working life as a private client practitioner. Scott is one of a new breed of consultant lawyers who effectively work for themselves whilst […]

The personal story of improving the probate process

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In this latest Today’s Wills and Probate Podcast host David Opie is joined by Exizent co-Founder Aleks Tomczyk. In 2018-19 Aleks and Nick Cousins, his fellow co-Founder of what was to become Exizent, went through their own bereavement journeys and found the whole process frustrating. They also had friends of theirs in similar situations, sparking […]

20 years of innovation: The CTT Story

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On the latest Today’s Wills and Probate podcast host David Opie welcomes Clive Ponder on to discuss his journey from miner to running one of the largest estate planning businesses in the country. CTT Group, formerly Countrywide Tax and Trust Corporation, now spans technology and software, accountancy and conveyancing alongside its estate planning business. The […]

Lead generation and conversion best practice in legal services

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The latest episode of The Today’s Wills and Probate podcast considers the tricky challenge of generating leads and converting sales de organisations across the legal services spectrum. Joining host David Opie is Adam Stevens of The Law Superstore and Reallymoving.com. Experts in lead generation, the platforms generate thousands legal service enquiries each month. Adam shares […]

The National Wills Report – The Culture of Will Writing in the UK in 2023

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In this latest episode of The Today’s Wills and Probate podcast host David Opie is joined by The National Will Register’s Astrid Bowser to discuss the release of a wide-reaching report into the culture of Will writing in 2023. The report follows a survey commissioned by The National Will Register into public perception about Will […]