Our Team

Alec Smith
Managing Director

After 12 years as a helicopter pilot and instructor, Alec has now been working in legal services for the past 15 years.

Traditionally, estates had been administered at an hourly rate with no fixed fees. This meant that there is no incentive for companies to complete the task as quickly as possible.  Many companies also charged for letters, emails and phone calls in addition. Sometimes a percentage of the estate is the basis for fees regardless of the number of assets and how much work was involved. Alec wanted a simpler solution for the families going through this difficult time.  He also wanted to offer the very best service possible. Valued Estates Ltd was established by Alec, to provide a fast, professional and personal fixed fee service.  Alec and his team continue to provide this valuable service to previous clients as well as new clients.

Alec is married to Sam and they have two children.   He still holds a commercial helicopter license and flies when time permits.

Jenny Sedgwick
Office Manager

Jenny is an experienced senior probate administrator and one of the friendly voices at the end of phone. She is an expert at listening to the unfamiliar situation that families find themselves in and then giving relevant, clear advice. Jenny is responsible for the everyday running of the office as well as managing the team and ensuring that every family receives our best attention

Jenny has a degree in criminology and is currently studying psychotherapy, working as a trainee psychotherapist in her spare time.

Jess Ellis
Head of Legal Services

Jess is a solicitor who joined us from a specialist accountancy firm in which she headed the probate department.

She has significant experience in will drafting, probate, estate administration and elderly client services. She enjoys meeting clients and helping to make a difficult time as stress free as possible.

Jess enjoys travelling and keeping fit.

Josie Lambert
Marketing and Business Development Coordinator

Josie brings over 17 years’ marketing experience across large, medium, and small businesses within the public and private sectors.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her 2 children and going on long countryside walks with her Golden Retriever Ronnie.

Rebecca Pinner
Probate Administrator

Rebecca is an experienced probate administrator and has also worked within the National Health Service and Hertfordshire Police. She is knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and always willing to make sure that she can assist her clients during the administration process.

Out of work, Rebecca is a keen baker and enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children. She likes spending time at the coast, visiting National Trust properties and going for walks in the countryside. In the future Rebecca would like to work towards becoming a Chartered Legal Executive.

Shannon Birse
Probate Administrator

Shannon has joined the team with administration experience in the construction industry after completing a degree in criminology and psychology. She is enthusiastic and ready to help in any way she can.

Shannon has a passion for travelling to new places after living in America as a child, she also enjoys spending time with friends & family, and playing various musical instruments.

Carole Ashley
Probate Administrator

Carole started her career in Sales and Accounts whilst completing a National Diploma in Business Studies. After having three children, Carole wanted to take her career in a different direction so worked in Mental Health for over twenty years. Now Carole is part of the Valued Estates team she wants to help and support families during the probate process.

Carole has three grown up children and two Patterdale Terriers, Buddy and Teddy. In her spare time she likes to go for long country walks with Buddy and Teddy, visiting National Trust houses and castles.

Carole is also a Paranormal Investigator with her Husband.

Kirsten Price
Probate Administrator

After gaining a first-class honours degree in Television Production at Gloucestershire University, Kirsten was previously working as a Supervisor in the Hospitality Sector. Kirsten is quick to learn, already has a great relationship with her clients and is excited to be a part of the Valued Estates team.

Outside of work, Kirsten’s hobbies include reading and sewing, and she also enjoys theatre and going to Comic Con’s.

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