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Halifax solicitors bid farewell to probate specialist Yasmin

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One of Halifax’s most established legal practices will bid farewell to a senior solicitor when probate specialist Yasmin Cross retires later this month.

Yasmin began her career in teaching, but at the age of 36 and fuelled by a life-long interest in law, she took the decision to leave her senior role at a local secondary school and devoted the next four years to retraining as a solicitor.

After qualifying in 1996, Yasmin joined long-established Brighouse solicitors Bearders, becoming a partner at their Halifax office in 2000.

In October last year Bearders merged with Halifax law firm Wilkinson Woodward and soon after, Yasmin transferred to their offices in Fountain Street.

During her 18 year career in the legal profession, Yasmin developed a reputation for her expertise in probate, wills, estates and matrimonial work.

Yasmin said:

“I’ve always been fascinated by law and consider myself very fortunate to have worked with two of Halifax’s most established and respected legal practices.”

Director of Wilkinson Woodward, Maureen Cawthorn said:

“Yasmin has devoted many years to serving the community of Halifax.

Her ability to combine legal expertise with a personal and empathetic approach has been greatly valued by her clients. We wish Yasmin a long and happy retirement.”

Yasmin plans to divide her time in retirement between family commitments and her passion for family history.

Yasmin’s matrimonial cases will be taken over by Penny Manock at the Halifax office, while her probate cases will be jointly looked after by Head of Probate, Katie Swift, along with Richard Smithies and Claire Edwards, who both worked closely with Yasmin at Bearders.

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