Dianne Steene qualified as a solicitor in 1985. For 23 years, until 2013, she ran her own practice, undertaking a variety of private client work – wills, probate, trusts, Court of Protection, EPAs and LPAs. This work brought her into contact with many elderly people and she became familiar with the problems and issues they face. She also dealt with all the administration of the practice herself.
In 1994, Dianne became a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, (STEP) by virtue of many years of working unsupervised in this area.
As well as being Director of Steene Law Ltd, she also deals with all the administration of the practice and is the COLP and COFA. She is a Fully Accredited Member of Solicitors for the Elderly.
David qualified as a solicitor in 1985 and has been both in professional practice and involved in commercial businesses since then.
He has decided to take a backseat from the management of the practice, to focus on understanding dementia. To this end he no longer holds a practising certificate as a solicitor but has completed the exam for the Alzheimer’s Society Foundation Certificate in Dementia Awareness, and he is a Dementia Friend and a Dementia Champion. As such, he helps families to understand the consequences of a diagnosis of dementia for one of their members and spends a great deal of time engaged in mental capacity assessments. He is fully conversant with the provisions of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Mental Capacity Code of Practice.
Mental capacity assessments are essential as a pre-cursor to signing a Lasting Power of Attorney, or taking other steps to deal with one’s financial planning, or for making decisions about one’s healthcare and welfare so they are an essential part of the work of Steene Law Ltd.
David also spends time assisting clients with investigations into their conduct as Attorney under both Lasting and Enduring Powers of Attorney carried out by the Office of the Public Guardian. This involves painstaking detail, considering financial transactions and the conduct of the Attorney in the light of the Mental Capacity Act and the Mental Capacity Code of Practice.
He is also a member Court of Protection Practitioners Association (CoPPA), which affords him the opportunity to interact with Barristers, Solicitors, Court of Protection Judges and other practitioners in the Court of Protection.
Teresa has 40 years of experience working in the legal sector and being a legal secretary/assistant.
She has worked in different practices throughout her career and has a great deal of experience in dealing with clients in many different fields of law and is therefore able to empathise with clients and the difficulties that they are facing.
Teresa has particularly had experience in assisting clients in family matters which can be an extremely stressful and traumatic time in their lives.
That initial call for a client to make can be extremely difficult and Teresa feels having had so much experience in dealing with clients that she is able to sympathise with them, and reassure them that she understand their needs and give them the confidence that we are able to help them and offer them a kind and compassionate ear which in her experience seems to put them at their ease.
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“I cannot thank David and Dianne enough for the effort and knowledge they displayed helping me deal with my Grandfather’s care and the subsequent legal battle that came with it.
I had a complicated and, to me, bizarre yet worrying situation that David and Dianne both worked tirelessly on.
My Grandfather was a WWII veteran and was neglected and treated as a statistic by a care home and a rather unforgiving council.
I’m grateful that David and Dianne not only got the result I needed, but made it simple to understand and took away a lot of stress. I have recommended them to many others and will continue to do so. Forever grateful!”