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A Day in The Life of a Paralegal: Travan Chandler

Since joining Hodgkinsons in 2012, Travan Chandler has transitioned through numerous roles within the Company in order to gain legal experience to support the development of her career. Travan has gained significant knowledge and understanding of the Wills and Probate Department, having worked within this team for many years. Travan has recently become a Paralegal in Wills and Probate and by passing a series of examinations, the abilities and responsibilities of her role will continue to expand. The day to day duties of being a Paralegal are never the same, but what is the working life of a Wills and Probate Paralegal like? Travan tells us all….

A Day in The Life of a Paralegal: Travan Chandler

1. What has your journey been like at Hodgkinsons so far?

I started at Hodgkinsons as an Apprentice. I then worked as the Receptionist for two years before becoming a Secretary and now I am training to be a Paralegal within the Wills and Probate Department. I have recently passed a Specialist Paralegal Qualification in Wills, Probate and Administration which will help me to fulfill my goal of becoming a Paralegal.

2. What is your typical day in the office?

Everyday is different for me, but usually I meet with my line manager in the morning to discuss the work that needs doing for that day which often includes attending to new and existing Clients, drafting Wills or working on Probate Estates.

3. Why did you get into law?

My career in Law was unintentional. I had just qualified as a hairdresser and was taking a business course at the local college when I was approached about an apprenticeship at Hodgkinsons. I thought about it and knew that it would be a really good opportunity for me, so I decided to accept the role.

4. Why did you choose to work and study part time?

I learnt a lot whilst being an apprentice and I got to work in many different departments to see how their work was carried out. I decided to work and study part time to keep that knowledge. As laws and regulations change all the time, the only way to keep on top of it all is to work and study. It can be hard work sometimes but overall it is worth it.

5. What would you say to anyone wanting to become a Paralegal in Wills & Probate?

Becoming a Paralegal is an amazing opportunity. To gain both knowledge and experience, I would definitely recommend working in the Wills and Probate department firstly as a secretary before developing to become a Paralegal. There are many aspects to the job, rather than just drafting Wills, so this is definitely the best way to learn.

6. What would be a good day in the office for you?

My job can be quite difficult as I am often required to meet with people who have just lost a loved one, however, being able to help them get through tough times such as this, is very rewarding. I also like the aspect of getting to meet different people every day. In my line of work Clients often have conversations with me about their lives, where they have been and what they have done, which I find very interesting and inspiring.

7. What is your favorite part of your job?

I do not really have one favorite part of my job; I just really enjoy doing what I do as a whole. For me, helping people get through a tough time in their life is very rewarding, if I manage to do this, I know that I am doing a good job.

8. What are the next steps in your future and what do you hope to achieve?

For now, I would like to keep learning and progressing in my role as a Paralegal within Hodgkinsons’ Wills & Probate Team. Being a Paralegal has so many opportunities for moving forward with my career and there are many more areas to learn. I am looking forward to extending my knowledge even further so that I can perform my role to the best of my abilities, and once I feel ready to expand my career again, I can do so.

Hodgkinsons Solicitors, Skegness, are looking forward to supporting Travan in the development of her career throughout the Company. Travan’s achievements are continuously increasing and through her hard work and determination, she will continue her career progression within Hodgkinsons’ Wills and Probate Department.

Our Team of Wills and Probate Lawyers are experts in handling a variety of matters for Clients nationwide. Whether you are located in the East Midlands, rural Lincolnshire or the surrounding areas of Skegness to include Boston, Louth, Grimsby and Lincoln, Hodgkinsons Solicitors can help you with your matter. If you require assistance regarding making or amending a Will, Probate or Lasting Powers of Attorney, Travan is always willing to assist Clients and answer any questions or concerns. To arrange a mutually convenient date and time to discuss your matter, call Hodgkinsons on 01754 897150 and ask for Travan, or simply submit an online contact form and a member of the team will contact you.