Donald joined the firm in 2002 and became an Associate in our Private Client team in 2005.
He prepares custom-made Wills that save tax, minimise the impact of nursing fees, and ensure that his clients' wealth passes to the right beneficiaries. He also understands the additional complexities that can arise from second marriages or where provision needs to be made for young people or vulnerable adults. Donald deals with all levels of incapacity due to illness, injury or simply old age, and advises on how best to use Powers of Attorney, intervention orders and ongoing guardianships to meet the associated challenges.
Donald regularly presents workshops on Powers of Attorney and guardianships to families and carers of vulnerable individuals.
He provided legal input to the Scottish edition of the book 'Safe and Secure' produced by Equal Futures, which offers step-by-step advice for families caring for people with disabilities. He also works closely with a number of other charities operating in this field, and often contributes articles to their newsletters.
Memberships and accreditations
In 2010, Donald became the first Edinburgh-based Solicitor to be accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in incapacity & mental disability law, of which there are only nine in the country.
He is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), having being awarded the STEP Diploma in Trusts and Estates (Scotland) with distinction in 2016.
He is a fully accredited member of "Solicitors for the Elderly", a nationwide organisation specialising in advice for elderly clients and their carers.
He is a member of the Association of Taxation Technicians.