Industry Guardians

The Estate Planners’ Authority is a nationally recognised authority on all matters of end of life arrangements, including estate and funeral planning and will writing.

It is dedicated to maintaining and raising standards of knowledge and competence within the estate and funeral planning professions. The EPA also promotes the services of its respected members and the importance of good estate and funeral planning to consumers.

The Estate Planners’ Authority ensures its accredited member services are delivered proficiently, ethically and professionally in accordance with its rigorous code of practice.

It advances expertise in the provision of last wills and testaments, protective property trusts, lasting powers of attorneys, advance decisions, funeral plans and probate process support.

And it is regarded by many leading providers of those services as the last word on estate and funeral planning matters.

Industry Guardians

The Estate Planners’ Authority is a nationally recognised authority on all matters of end of life arrangements, including estate and funeral planning and will writing.

It is dedicated to maintaining and raising standards of knowledge and competence within the estate and funeral planning professions. The EPA also promotes the services of its respected members and the importance of good estate and funeral planning to consumers.

The Estate Planners’ Authority ensures its accredited member services are delivered proficiently, ethically and professionally in accordance with its rigorous code of practice.

It advances expertise in the provision of last wills and testaments, protective property trusts, lasting powers of attorneys, advance decisions, funeral plans and probate process support.

And it is regarded by many leading providers of those services as the last word on estate and funeral planning matters.

Six Service Pledges

LAST WILLS AND TESTAMENTS

The EPA helps to ensure its practitioners’ last wills and testaments are valid so that executors, beneficiaries, trustees and guardians are legally acknowledged, estates are correctly divided and distributed, and children’s best interests are guarded, so courts do not dictate the destination of customer property, savings and offspring.

PROTECTIVE PROPERTY TRUSTS

The EPA helps to ensure property and land assets are correctly transferred to a trust, protected from wealth assessors covering care costs, safeguarded from debt collectors, ring-fenced from the future partners of spouses, so each customer’s legally chosen beneficiaries are guaranteed to gain from their property, land assets and wealth.

LASTING POWERS OF ATTORNEYS

The EPA helps to ensure customer choices about health, welfare and finances are reflected and observed through binding ‘Personal Welfare’ and ‘Property and Affairs’ LPAs, in the event of mental and/or physical incapacity. It ensures decision-makers are legally nominated, recognised and restricted so day-to-day and end-of-life financial and medical wishes are observed

ADVANCE DECISIONS

The EPA helps to ensure customer preferences about care levels ahead of the onset of life-threatening illnesses or conditions determine the actions of medical staff, should they not be able to relay their wishes themselves. It helps relatives and friends avoid the emotional and financial pain of obtaining specific courses of action through a court order. 

PROBATE PROCESSES

The EPA helps to ensure all legal steps in administering a person’s estate are correctly observed including filing petitions in probate court, notifying creditors of assets, paying outstanding debts, taxes and expenses, resolving claims and transferring assets so a person’s material legacy is suitably distributed among their chosen beneficiaries.

FUNERAL PLANS

The EPA helps to ensure funeral plans meet customer expectations and legal requirements, so trust funds are managed independently and in accordance with FCA regulations, funeral fee disbursements are guaranteed, collection and care of the deceased is correctly administered and funerals match the plan descriptions under which they were sold.

Honourable Custodian of the EPA

The EPA appoints a chairman every two years. They are charged with overseeing the daily operations of the Estate Planners’ Authority, including vetting and processing membership applications among other administrative tasks. The chairman is also charged with tasks of a more serious nature such as supervising investigations into consumer complaints.

The EPAs chairman takes the responsibility of safeguarding the public from unqualified and unethical practices in the estate and funeral planning industries seriously, and are expected and required to be fair and diligent in their work.

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John Gibson

EPA Chairman

John Gibson states that he is most proud to be Chairman of the Estate Planners Authority and that it is a privilege and an honour to have this opportunity to help those in need of assistance through this esteemed authority.

John combines his role as that of a practicing Grade A solicitor with that of directing the business of Aventus Law, a firm of solicitors with a national presence based in Leeds. John is also a shareholder and director in Aventus Training and Consultancy, providing continuing professional development training to other solicitors, property professionals and in personal development.

As a solicitor, John helps people achieve positive outcomes and solve problems, working as a specialist in estate planning, disputed probate / estates, dispute resolution, property law matters (including conveyancing), professional negligence and business law, for both businesses and individuals; and he also enjoys working as a CPD trainer and bringing people together for win, win outcomes in working as an accredited mediator, also running his own mediation business, Mediation Works UK.

John has been the recipient of many awards and accolades over the years and has many achievements of which to be proud; including an award for helping young persons in the legal profession and national recognition in respect of an invitation to submit an article within the 2019 Houses of Parliament, Government publication “The Parliamentary Review” within which John was recognised by that Government publication for “Best Practice in Law & Justice” for his mission, vision and philosophy based upon the principles of caring and helping people and working in a co-operative manner.

John is proud to be a family man and the majority of his time whilst not in work he enjoys spending time with his wife and his two daughters, and his family generally.

John has a passion to help people, and seeks to attract lawyers with heart, and he believes that with a positive outlook on life and with hard work we can all achieve great things together. 

Honourable Custodian of the EPA

The EPA appoints a chairman every two years. They are charged with overseeing the daily operations of the Estate Planners’ Authority, including vetting and processing membership applications among other administrative tasks. The chairman is also charged with tasks of a more serious nature such as supervising investigations into consumer complaints.

The EPAs chairman takes the responsibility of safeguarding the public from unqualified and unethical practices in the estate and funeral planning industries seriously, and are expected and required to be fair and diligent in their work.

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John Gibson

EPA Chairman

John Gibson states that he is most proud to be Chairman of the Estate Planners Authority and that it is a privilege and an honour to have this opportunity to help those in need of assistance through this esteemed authority.

John combines his role as that of a practicing Grade A solicitor with that of directing the business of Aventus Law, a firm of solicitors with a national presence based in Leeds. John is also a shareholder and director in Aventus Training and Consultancy, providing continuing professional development training to other solicitors, property professionals and in personal development.

As a solicitor, John helps people achieve positive outcomes and solve problems, working as a specialist in estate planning, disputed probate / estates, dispute resolution, property law matters (including conveyancing), professional negligence and business law, for both businesses and individuals; and he also enjoys working as a CPD trainer and bringing people together for win, win outcomes in working as an accredited mediator, also running his own mediation business, Mediation Works UK.

John has been the recipient of many awards and accolades over the years and has many achievements of which to be proud; including an award for helping young persons in the legal profession and national recognition in respect of an invitation to submit an article within the 2019 Houses of Parliament, Government publication “The Parliamentary Review” within which John was recognised by that Government publication for “Best Practice in Law & Justice” for his mission, vision and philosophy based upon the principles of caring and helping people and working in a co-operative manner.

John is proud to be a family man and the majority of his time whilst not in work he enjoys spending time with his wife and his two daughters, and his family generally.

John has a passion to help people, and seeks to attract lawyers with heart, and he believes that with a positive outlook on life and with hard work we can all achieve great things together.