Bernadette Polkinghorne is an extremely capable practitioner and has been practising in Private Client since 2003.

She is experienced in drafting Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and dealing with Probates and Estate Management.


Bernadette deals with more complex cases, with a specialist focus in acting for clients with dementia and other mental health issues.

Notable Private Client cases

  • Lasting Powers of Attorney

    Acting for a client with complex mental health issues and needed to prepare a Lasting Power of Attorney.

  • Estate Administration

    Dealing with a probate where the Will was made over 30 years ago. As many of the beneficiaries predeceased the testator this involved instructing a genealogist and preparing a family tree to locate the beneficiaries that, under the terms of the Will, inherited from the estate.

  • Wills

    Dealing with preparation of Wills for unmarried couples and the Inheritance Tax consequences in these circumstances.

Client Testimonials

We would like to thank Bernadette for your efficiency and kindness with regard to our wills and locating our probate documents.


Bernadette dealt with my father and his will with dignity, not the easiest person to deal with in the circumstances.


Bernadette dealt with my fathers estate for my sisters and I, with total professionalism, she is a credit to your team.


Thank you so much for your patience and kind support with helping me formulate my Will. You made it a very pleasant and reassuring experience.


Thank you again for all that you have done and for explaining the whole process so well. Reading my Will for the final time, it looks so straight forward and I very muchappreciate all your help and patience in enabling me to clarify my wishes so clearly.


Thanks to Bernadette for the marvellous service. I hope you are burdened with the storage of my will for many years to come!


Thank you very much for your help and excellent service.


Thank you very much for the very prompt and efficient service, it is a huge peace of mind for my parents.


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  • Registered Paralegal with Professional Paralegal Register – Tier 4
  • TQUK Level 1 in Mental Health Awareness
  • TQUK Level 2 in Mental Health Awareness
  • CILEX Chartered Paralegal

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