Jess hold an LLB (Hons) in Modern Languages and Law from the University of the West of England and is a full member of The Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners (STEP). After qualifying as a solicitor with Howell Jones, Jess spent ten years as a private client solicitor in Guildford. She then returned to Howell Jones and became head of the Wills and Probate team in 2015. Jess is a partner at Howell Jones.
Jess specialises in wills, estate administration, tax planning, elderly client, lasting powers of attorney and trust administration. On the estate administration side, she deals with a wide range of matters ranging from the provision of a responsive, efficient and effective service in more straightforward cases through to dealing with complex estates involving aspects such as business and agricultural property relief, international elements, post-death variations, and ongoing trusts.
Jess has had notable success across a number of cases. Here are details of some of her most prominent:
- Dealing with a high value, taxable estate with assets and beneficiaries in multiple jurisdictions.
- Successfully administering an estate where the deceased made a homemade will and almost every aspect was ambiguous and complex.
- Preparing Wills for modern, blended families with children from previous and current relationships.
- Preparing an emergency will for someone in the last days of their life.
When not working Jess loves visiting and learning about new cities and countries. She also loves a family games night and enjoys playing board games.
areas of work.
Wills, probate and powers of attorney
Taking control of what happens in the event of your death or incapacity isn’t the easiest thing to think about...
Jess Buttaci recently helped us with wills and LPA’s. We highly recommend her as we found her to be very approachable, easy to talk with about complex issues and she guided us gently through difficult decisions. She offered clear information without being in the least bit “stuffy”. She clearly knows her subjects and made no attempts to encourage us towards more complex and consequently more expensive actions. She and her staff have been organised and always polite yet friendly. Highly recommend.
Jess Buttaci has been my solicitor for the past 18 months handling my late father’s estate. Jess has been very informative, professional & personable through the whole process which is what everyone needs when going through a very sad and difficult time. Thank you Jess.