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Geoff Kertesz

Partner, Trust and Probate Litigation  |  Stewarts

United States (CA)
England and Wales


Trust disputes
Probate disputes
Succession planning


What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

Joining the team at Stewarts! Before my move, I had been seeing an uptick in larger, more complex instructions, and that trend will only continue now that I am at my new firm.

How did you get into private client?

Wills and trusts was my favourite subject in law school, but I started my career doing mega commercial product liability cases. I hated it. One day, I went to the will and trust disputes partner in my law firm and asked if she had any work for me. She did, and I have never looked back.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

As a private client adviser, you are a legal counsellor and quite often an emotional counsellor. Do not underestimate how important matters can be to clients, no matter how trivial they may seem to you.

What is your favourite quote?

"Mr Simpson, the state bar forbids me from promising you a big cash settlement. But just between you and me, I promise you a big cash settlement," Lionel Hutz, The Simpsons.

Do you have any outside interests or hobbies?

I enjoy running and my goal is to get my 10k time below my age. Neither figure is public knowledge.

When the restaurants reopen, where would you like to go?

Comptoir Gascon in Smithfields.