Anne Stephenson, the current Chair of the Law Society’s Probate Administration and Trust Committee, is a member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners – the professional body for trust and estate practitioners worldwide), the Probate Committee of the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association, the Probate Administration and Trusts Committee of the Law Society of Ireland, and the Probate Liaison Committee (made up of representatives of the profession and of the Court Service involved with the Probate process). Anne has practised and taught law for more than 25 years.
Anne is a member of the associate faculty and external examiner at the Law School at the Law Society of Ireland for trainee solicitors. She lectures and examines on the STEP Diploma in Wills Trust & Estate Planning, and on the Law Society’s Continuing Legal Education Courses, and to the DSBA and numerous other professional bodies.
Anne is a co-founder and vice president of Solicitors for the Elderly Ireland.
Anne is a co-author of the following Oxford University Press books
She also contributes to the Law Society Gazette, the Parchment, and the Irish Tax Review.
Anne leads the successful bi-annual Stephenson Solicitors’ Seminar series which is in its 14th year, and regularly attracts large numbers of professional and institutional attendees to consider issues of interest in the field of Wills, Trusts, Capital Taxes, and Estate Law and Practice. She has also been an invited speaker at various professional conventions (for example addressing the medical professions on mental capacity). Anne is also a member of DSBA Mental Health Committee
In her practice, Anne has been retained by major financial institutions, private clients, and other professional legal and financial firms both within Ireland and overseas to provide advice and services in the areas of Wills, Trusts, Capital Taxes, Estate Planning, Probate, and the Administration of Estates.
Úna Burns has specialised in the area of wills, trust, probate, tax, estate planning and conveyancing since she qualified as a Solicitor in 2010. She is a graduate of the National University Ireland, Galway where she earned her primary Degree and a Master’s in law.
She is a member of the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association Probate Committee, a committee member for Solicitors for the Elderly, Ireland and a member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners – the professional body for trust and estate practitioners worldwide).
Úna is a regular speaker at Stephenson Burns Solicitors probate, trust and tax commercial seminars which are bi-annual events attended by leading practitioners in the area. She also speaks to other professional bodies on various topics relating to the area of wills, probate, estate planning and enduring powers of attorney and she is a tutor on the Law Society’s Professional Practice Course for trainee solicitors.
In addition, Úna has published articles in the Law Society Gazette, the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association Parchment magazine and assisted in the preparation of the Probate Precedents for Laffoy’s Irish Conveyancing Precedents.
Úna is passionate about assisting people through what can be such a difficult time of grief and loss on the death of a loved one and ensuring that the legal process involved does not overwhelm or cause any unnecessary stress. She also offers practical advice to colleagues and individuals alike on complex probate matters, Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney and Wardship.
Eleanor qualified as a solicitor in 2011 and after an early career in General Practice she joined Stephenson Burns in 2014. She is a member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners – the professional body for trust and estate practitioners worldwide) and Solicitors for the Elderly Ireland. She is a graduate of University College Dublin where she studied Economics and Politics.
Eleanor specialises in the administration of estates, probate litigation and is an experienced conveyancer, often dealing with complex title issues arising in the course of the administration of an estate.
Eleanor also advises clients in relation to Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney and the setting up and administration of Trusts and associated taxes. Eleanor is particularly interested in promoting and demystifying Wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney and has lectured on this subject.
Eleanor has a reputation for dealing with her clients in a supportive and efficient manner. She understands the importance of good working relationships with colleagues and her clients be they executors, beneficiaries, purchasers or vendors.