Maxine Coles

Associate (FILCEx)

Get to know me...

I qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in 2012, having retrained from previous careers in Social Services and Local Authority Housing. I specialise in Private Client work, with much of my work being in elderly client care. I was drawn to this area of law having worked for social services, acting for clients in care homes, and dealing with Court of Protection applications. I have a natural empathy towards clients in what can often be distressing situations.

I joined Goughs as a receptionist whilst studying part-time and through a mixture of college and distance learning, I have worked my way up to an Associate, a position I achieved nearly two years ago.

Practice Areas

Private Client

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Practice Areas

Future planning

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Accreditations & Certifications

STEP qualified (Society for Trusts and Estate Practitioners)

Longstanding Member of Association of Lifetime Lawyers.

Dementia Friend

Volunteer for Alzheimer’s Support


I specialise in Estate Administration (Probate), Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection applications, and Declarations of Trust in relation to co-ownership of properties.

I particularly enjoy dealing with estate administrations and I appreciate that this can be a difficult and confusing time on top of losing a loved one.

I see my role as guiding clients through the maze of paperwork and restoring order whilst ensuring that all legal requirements are met and that the wishes of the deceased are carried out.

Testimonials from clients

My greatest achievement

I am proud of having retrained as a lawyer in my 40’s whilst raising children and working initially part-time and in the final year, full-time for Goughs.

On a personal level, I was instrumental in setting up a local Steiner-based school for 2-6 year olds and then acting as treasurer for parent-teacher associations at primary and secondary level, and for the local scout group.

Supported by

I am kindly supported by Liberty Williams. She has an excellent manner with clients who appreciate her friendly and helpful nature.

Please feel free to contact Liberty directly via or 01225 715082

What I like about working for Goughs

I have enjoyed working in 5 of the 7 Goughs offices during my 13 years with Goughs and meeting the diverse cross-section of staff and clients. This has allowed me to deal with the whole range of private client matters and to work independently whilst having the support of a full team.

Goughs is a forward-thinking firm and encourages new ideas and career progression individually whilst remaining part of a supportive team. There is an active social calendar and the mixing of staff between departments and offices is actively encouraged.

My Latest Articles

Deed of Variation – Changing a Will after death

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