We are Michael McCready and Esther Irvine, the Partners of Aptus Planning LLP. We see ourselves as professional, but most importantly we see ourselves as down-to-earth, friendly people. We hope you see us that way too.

We understand that credentials and backgrounds are important. So we have happily included some of that information for you below. Have a look at our Client Testimonials.  (You will find these under the ‘You’ tab!)

Michael McCready

MichaelMichael has over 37 years experience in Banking, Financial Services, Property and Trust and Estate Planning.  Having had many years experience working with both AIB Group and the Northern Bank, he has taken this education and experience and often turns this to his client’s advantage.  He works closely with a number of high-profile organisations throughout the UK, providing their members with education and advice on Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning through regular seminars and speaking engagements.  Michael is currently studying for his full Trust and Estate Practitioner diploma through STEP (The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners).

Michael is 55 years young, married to Nicola and has two sons Matthew and Jacob.  In their spare time Michael and Nicola like to head to Donegal and walk the beautiful coast, then watch the sun go down over a glass of wine.  Michael is an avid football fan, having played for a number of teams over the years, and still dreams of being signed by his beloved Manchester City someday…..!!

Esther Irvine

Esther is 26 and entered the Trust and Estate Planning world after completing her law degree in 2009.  She worked as a Practice Manager for a legal services firm in Belfast before making her move to a Banbridge based Asset Protection company, where she worked as an Estate Planning Advisor for two years.  Esther holds advanced qualifications in Trust Creation Law and Practice, Company Law and Practice, Trust Administration and Accounts and Trustee Investment and Financial Appraisal. In November 2012 Esther obtained a Diploma in International Trust Management and is now an accredited Trust and Estate Practitioner and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

Esther has a love for photography and photographs weddings when not talking to clients about Estate Planning!  Her best experience behind the camera to date was being asked to photograph a wedding in Westminster Abbey.  Also a keen sportsperson, Esther will have a go at almost any sport on offer. On Saturday afternoons you will find her battling on the hockey pitch for Belfast Harlequins!


Our aim is to provide the best service to our clients at all times and to work closely with them throughout life’s journey to ensure that their hard-earned assets are passed on intact to the next generation.

Now that you know a little bit about us, we would love to get to know you!


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