Garner & Hancock, Wills & Probate

Wills and Probate

Our expert team of advisers, here to help you

Our wills, trusts and probate department, which is headed by James Hadley, offers a sensitive and cost-effective service. Our wills, trusts and probate team deal with planning ahead – whether by wills, trusts or Lasting Powers of Attorney, and also assist clients to deal with legal affairs in the event of a death.

Our wills, trusts and probate lawyers are an experienced and highly qualified team of solicitors who can help you to ensure your decisions are met about what happens to your assets once you have died. By making a Will you can decide who looks after your estate and what happens to your belongings. If you have children you can indicate who will look after them and how they will be financially provided for.

  • Making a will
  • Grant of probate
  • Intestacy law
  • Inheritance tax planning
  • Court of protection
  • Deputyship advice
  • Care Home Funding – Legal Advice & Information
  • Contested probate
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney

James Hadley has an experience of over 20 years in advising clients on tax, tax planning and setting up trusts. He is assisted by Jakub Kotan, who is a Trainee Solicitor in the department and also a member of STEP.

Estate and Trust Property Team

Our wills, trusts and probate Lawyers have a wealth of experience in helping people through what can be a difficult time, dealing with estate and trust property and dealing with complex estates. Whether there is a Will or not we will help you to sort out the financial affairs and will help you through the process of dividing the estate between the people who are entitled to it.

Our wills, trusts and probate solicitors can help you create and manage trusts.

Strategic Tax Advice

Garner & Hancock acts for individuals, but also for larger trusts (e.g. the Blue School) and charities.

Inheritance Disputes and Claims

At Garner & Hancock, we specialise in making a will, contested probate, grant of probate, intestacy law and inheritance tax planning matters and disputed wills. We can provide expert advice in respect of contested inheritances, disputes over the validity of wills, claims for beneficiaries and children, claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, and disputes over Powers of Attorney.

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Court of Protection

Should you have any concerns or queries regarding the Court of Protection or you are planning on making an appeal to the court and require legal advice and guidance, contact our team.

Wills Probate and Trusts Department

As a member of the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners, we are experts in this area

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Meet in Person

...when you need to. Being able to meet and discuss matters face to face can be very beneficial, especially when difficulties arise or matters need to progress rapidly.

Highly Knowledgeable

We are a firm with a breadth and depth of expertise. You may need future support on a range of issues, so why not establish a relationship with a firm that can advise on all legal needs.

Genuine Solicitor

You can be sure it is a solicitor dealing with your matter from the outset – not an unqualified person “supervised” by a solicitor.

One Person deal with. You will know the individual solicitor dealing with your matter so that you do you won't speak to someone different every time you call.

Our Wills & Probate

Mr Nigel George

Head of Private Client

Wills and Probate Solicitor

Mr Jakub Kotan

Trainee Solicitor

Property Advice

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New Probate fees coming into force

The government’s plan to raise probate fees is likely to costs thousands of pounds for estates which are relatively modest in size.


Update on Probate Fees

Reports suggest that the proposal to increase the probate fees has been put on ice for now.