Wills, Trusts & Probate

Wake Smith’s Private Client team achieved its highest ever ranking in the UK’s leading legal directories, The Legal 500 2023, in recognition of its exceptional legal skills and client care.

The team can help you write a Will, set up a Lasting Power of Attorney, administer an estate, or even create a trust settlement.

Many of its members are STEP qualified, and its workload includes lack of capacity Court of Protection issues, appointment of trustees and division of assets. Its matters are often high-value and cross-jurisdictional.

It provides expert advice to assist you in making the right decisions to protect your family’s wealth and to support your loved ones in difficult times.

Prudent estate planning through the necessary legal documents can not only save you, and your loved ones thousands of pounds, but more importantly deliver peace of mind, avoiding further stress and anxiety for your family, in the event of your death or incapacity.

Client services for estate planning include:

  • Virtual meetings and virtual Will signing via online platforms Zoom and Teams
  • Home visits to discuss sensitive information

If you need assistance with Wills, Trust or Inheritance Disputes, we have a dedicated team led by John Breeze who can assist you. 

The Legal 500, 2024

‘I have found the private client team at Wake Smith particularly helpful and at a time when other firms are concentrating more on commercial matters it is good to know that Wake Smith has a team which is growing and deals most efficiently with all aspects of private client work including Wills Trusts Probate Court of Protection and tax matters.’

‘The person I have dealt with most over the last year is director Colleen Dooney. She is knowledgeable, personable, empathetic, and efficient, and has dealt with all matters which I have referred to her extremely well. She also has a team around her who show the same qualities.’

‘A highly knowledgeable team of solicitors and associates. They are all technically excellent and more than anything, they all have the client’s interests at heart.’

The Legal 500, 2023

“Cantonese-speaker Stephanie Chung is a key lawyer in the team.”

“The team is excellent as a whole. They are very personable people and that means a lot to clients who are often having a very difficult time. The team’s personable nature, when paired with their outstanding professional service, makes for a winning combination, as proven by their continued growth.”

To make an online enquiry you can contact us here. Or to speak to our team, call 0114 266 6660.

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