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Wills, Probate & LPAs


Making a will is the best way to ensure your assets, money and personal belongings go to the people you want them to.

Many people put off making wills, often assuming that their estate will automatically pass in full to their partner or spouse. Without a will, the law decides who inherits, so it is definitely worth investing in professional will advice from an experienced solicitor.

You may think that writing a will is too expensive or that you have insufficient assets to make paying for will advice worthwhile.

However, the benefits of making a will are:

  • Peace of mind that your loved ones receive what you want them to receive
  • Ensure your children inherit even if your spouse re-marries
  • Being able to take steps to reduce Inheritance Tax
  • The ability to appoint a guardian to care for your children

Probate & Estate Administration

To collect assets, sell property and distribute an estate you will usually need to obtain a Grant of Probate.

The Grant of Probate confirms that the executor (appointed in the will) or the administrator if there is no will, has the authority to deal with the estate.

We appreciate what a difficult time this is. We have a friendly approachable team of probate solicitors who will put you at ease, guide you through what can often be a complicated process and make dealing with an Estate as stress-free as possible for you.

We can notify organisations of the death on your behalf, collate details of assets and liabilities, prepare inheritance tax accounts, apply for grants of representation, collect in assets, deal with the sale of property locate missing beneficiaries and finalise Estate Accounts.

We can also advise you on becoming a Trustee, help you administer a Trust, help you with Trust Accounts and dealing with Trust beneficiaries.

We can tailor our services to your specific needs and are happy to discuss with you your specific requirements.

Lasting Powers of Attorney

You need a lasting power of attorney because…

  • If you lose capacity and are unable to make your own decisions no one can make those decisions on your behalf without a Lasting Power of Attorney document or a court order.
  • Your financial affairs cannot be dealt with. Bank accounts cannot be accessed, bills will go unpaid, property cannot be sold and money cannot be invested on your behalf. It is likely that organisations such as banks will refuse to discuss issues with or give any information to your spouse, partner or children.
  • Your loved ones’ wishes as to where you should live and what sort of care or medical treatment you should receive may not be taken into account.
  • You could lose capacity at any point and at any age – through a stroke, an accident or illness – this is not just an issue that affects older generations.
  • If you do not appoint an Attorney to make decisions on your behalf and you lose capacity your loved ones will have to make an application to the Court of Protection for a court order to allow them to deal with your affairs. This is an expensive and lengthy process. The additional stress, cost and delay can be avoided by appointing Attorneys.
  • As we get older we might lose capacity through an age related illness. Alternatively we may simply lose interest in or lack the confidence or ability to deal with our affairs. Physical disabilities may prevent you getting out to the bank or the post office to pay bills, you may feel intimidated by new technology or you may not be able to process information as quickly as you once did but feel embarrassed to ask for further help. Appointing an Attorney will allow that person to start helping and assisting with your financial affairs as soon as you want or need them to.
  • People are living longer. In 2010 the Office of National Statistics predicted that one in five people living in the UK at that time would live to see their 100th birthday. It is therefore likely that age related difficulties could see more of us needing help in making decisions in the future.
  • We are happy to give further advice and help you in preparing Lasting Powers of Attorney for you, and can also assist in making applications to the Court of Protection.

Talk to an Expert.

You are always our top priority, and we take pride in our commercially effective approach.

Julie Burgess

Director - Wills, Trusts & Probate Email Julie

Kirsty Heptinstall

Wills & Probate Executive Email Kirsty

Vicky Mills

Wills & Probate Executive Email Vicky

Anne Mottershaw

Legal Assistant - Wills & Probate Email Anne

Claire Auty

Legal Assistant - Wills & Probate Email Claire

Clair Thresh

Legal Assistant - Wills & Probate Email Clair

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Rachel SteadRachel Stead
13:19 26 Nov 23
Can’t recommend Catteralls enough. Eleanor, Claire and her team have just helped us with a recent house sale. They were quick and efficient with responses. Even with me ringing and emailing plenty (very annoying) but nothing was too much for them. They did all things on our side promptly and kept us in the loop at all times. Will be recommending them and using again in future if needed.Thanks so much.Rachel and Harry.
Russ TebayRuss Tebay
17:20 04 Nov 23
Good service at a reasonable price
Andrew ElsbyAndrew Elsby
07:30 16 Oct 23
Personal touch. Well organised and knowledgeable.
Allison RobinsonAllison Robinson
13:53 02 Oct 23
We used Catterall's for the sale of a property and had excellent service throughout. Everything was done promptly, efficiently and accurately. We had experienced lots of errors with a previous firm and saw a marked contrast in the quality of service and professionalism from Catteralls. Danielle and Sue were knowledgable and helpful and were able to answer questions about the errors from the purchase of the property with a different firm so that we could move forwards quickly with the sale. Prices were reasonable and competitive but I would choose the firm again regardless of price because of the experience. It is the second time we have used the firm (previously for a different purchase) and I can highly recommend them.
08:59 17 Sep 23
My wife and I engaged Catteralls Solicitors conveyancing services to both sell our old house and to buy our new house. We can thoroughly recommend their services in this regard. In particular we would like to give excellent feedback to Ms Eleanor Parkin, our Conveyancing Executive at Catteralls, who dealt with us throughout the buying and selling process. Some aspects of that process became problematic but Eleanor went above and beyond that which was expected of her and ensured that any problems were resolved effectively and efficiently to ensure a smooth completion. Our engagement with her was always friendly and professional and we would be happy to recommend her professional services to others. Thank you, Eleanor!
Caroline WilsonCaroline Wilson
13:13 25 Jul 23
Thank you Catteralls for helping us with our recent house sale!! I will certainly recommend you to family and friends.Catteralls would be the first solicitor I came to if I needed any help in the future! Thanks again for everything. Fantastic communication, making a hard time in our lives that much easier. I can not fault a thing.☺️
22:51 17 Jun 23
I've used these for the sale of a rental property and my will and am also currently using them for a purchase of a residential property. Used them because my usual solicitors let me down. I can't comment on price because I didn't really shop around. A family member recommended them, and they've been good for me so far. Here, I've never felt like I haven't been able to speak to someone when I've needed to and they've always been on hand to explain anything I didn't understand. So far so good.
Kevin SlatteryKevin Slattery
09:53 08 Jun 23
Jenny and her team, saved the day after our sale and purchase almost fell through due to the poor performance of our previous solicitor. She was responsive, highly efficient and keep us informed throughout the whole process. We would only use Catteralls for any future conveyancing requirements. Many thanks Jenny, Sarah and the rest of the team!
14:24 09 Mar 23
Jess looked after my case. It was most helpful in that I was able to do everything via email, so all I had to do on the day was sign some paperwork, therefore only needing to make the one visit, which was perfect for me.Jess was efficient & organised and made the process a smooth one.Thanks Jess I appreciate all you did for me. 🙂
Aneka RandallAneka Randall
17:04 09 Dec 22
Paul and his team have worked on our sale and purchase. The team have all worked extremely hard, going above an beyond. Everyone in the chain has commented how efficient they have been. I will certainly recommend to family and friends and would be the first solicitor I came to if I needed any help in the future! Thanks again.
Jade NuttJade Nutt
20:07 02 Nov 22
Jenny and her team were brilliant with our house sale and purchase. They answered all our queries, made sure we understood everything and kept things moving along. We are very great full for your hard work! Thank you!