A new paralegal at Prettys Solicitors who began her career as a secretary says it is ‘never too late to change”.
Lorna Thresh joined the firm’s estates team in January, with more than 35-years’ experience in law firms in Suffolk and London, the last 16 years as a paralegal.
However, she took an unusual career route, taking on the role of paralegal in her early 40s.
After school, Lorna did not go to university and instead started her career as a secretary for a law firm in Ipswich.
She later took a secretarial job in London before returning to Ipswich to work. She was then taken under the wing of a solicitor who spotted her potential, mentoring her on her path to a new career.
Lorna said it is fairly uncommon to become a paralegal in your 40s – but shows you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it.
She said: “There must be lots of people out there in jobs they feel don’t push them – my advice is to give it a go.”
“I love the work I do and am glad I decided to give it a try.”
Lorna will be working predominantly with wills, powers of attorney and probate, an area of law which is gaining more attention as people look to get their affairs in order due to the pandemic.
“Everything we do is on a case-by-case basis, every client is different with different needs,” she said.
“Often people think that when they die without a will their estate automatically goes to their loved ones, but that doesn’t always apply.”
“Making a will takes some of the worry away from your family and friends as it states what you want to happen to your estate.”
“The COVID-19 pandemic has made more people aware it is a good idea to get their affairs in order, wherever you are in life.” If you need advice on wills, powers of attorney, probate or estates visit www.prettys.co.uk