AFTER the shock of losing her father, Alison Edwards never imagined it would lead to her taking on a whole new venture.
Just over a year after he died unexpectedly while out walking, the Goring-based solicitor is launching Paperwork Matters, to assist people with dealing in handling the legal matters surrounding the loss of a loved one.
Having experienced very directly the level of red tape to be tackled, she believed her professional services could prove a valuable resource to help deal with particularly testing circumstances.
Alison, of Rosebery Avenue, Goring, said: “When Dad died I helped my mother with all the paperwork at home as it was a lot for her to cope with.
“I subsequently helped other people in similar situations. Then when I took a sabbatical from my job, I realised there was a need for someone like me to help people, especially older people, become more organised, whether they have lost a partner or not.”
Before taking the step to set up on her own, she had previously worked as a partner at NLH Law in Worthing, specialised in probate law and is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly.
She added: “People may be facing life on their own, or they may have a life partner who is ailing and they want to get on top of things – they may simply want to learn to be more organised or to learn new skills such as mastering the internet to be able to do online shopping – I can help with all that.”
Her services are available to all, not just older people, and include helping people organise and de-clutter their homes – perfect for the favoured time of year for spring-cleaning.
She is also available to give a range of talks to groups of people – offering tips on how to become more organised.
Alison said: “I’m excited about setting this up and am pleased to be able to go and give talks on this issue and help people who may be struggling to deal with things like paperwork as they’re grieving for people.
“I think this service will really help them.”
Alison’s firm does not provide legal services and is not regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. But any requests for legal work can be referred to NLH Law.
For more information, call 07863878042 or email email@example.com or visit the website at www. paperworkmatters.co.uk