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All our offices are open for pre-arranged appointments

Peter Mills
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All our offices are open for pre-arranged appointments as well as for telephone or video meetings. Contact us as normal by phone or email and we will happily arrange a scheduled meeting to discuss your matter. Please bear in mind that, with...

What are the legal rules about witnessing Wills?

Ed Ryder
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Currently you need to sign your Will in the presence of two independent witnesses. Obviously the pandemic has made it more difficult for people to comply with this and, as a result, there has been quite a lot of discussion amongst lawyers about...

Recent drop in probate applications may mean executors face delays in the months ahead

Ed Ryder
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The Courts Service recently reported that probate applications have dropped by 50% during the current lockdown. Consequently there is concern that there will be a large upsurge in applications as lockdown starts to ease. This will almost inevitably...

Can I make or change a Will during lockdown?

Pamela Precious
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This is one of a series of blogs answering questions people have raised with us about practical issues in relation to the Covid-19 lockdown. Yes, it is perfectly possible to make or change your Will during the lockdown. It is all about putting practical...

Jenni Bartram joins Harrowells Solicitors

Peter Mills
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One of Yorkshire’s best-known agricultural solicitors has joined Harrowells Solicitors. Jenni Bartram, a long-standing member of the Agricultural Law Association and former president of the Yorkshire Law Society, joined Harrowells in February...

5 reasons for having a Will

Monika Bone
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We often find people can be unclear about the specific benefits of having a Will . As a result, they procrastinate and put off thinking about it. Here are five very good reasons for putting a Will in place that reflects your circumstances and wishes: If...

Legal 500 recognition

Peter Mills
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Every year Legal 500 assess the reputation and quality of client service of the top 10% of UK law firms using a mix of primary research and feedback from a sample of law firms’ clients. The latest report has just been published and I am pleased to...

Brexit - Making your business resilient

Matt Rowley
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We are all aware that the process of ‘Brexit’ is likely to involve considerable change whatever the short term and longer term outcomes. The challenge for business owners and senior managers is deciding how to prioritise and plan. Trying to...

Shortlisted for Yorkshire Legal Awards

Peter Mills
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We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for this year's Yorkshire Legal Awards in two categories: Private Client and Residential Property . Organised by Barker Brooks Communications, publishers of Leeds & Yorkshire Lawyer ...

Ageing without immediate family to assist

Michelle Cruddas
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Much of the guidance available these days about planning for the future assumes you have immediate family who are able and willing to assist. As legal advisers, we know this is not always the case – for a variety of reasons. This is why we make a...

Potential benefits of 'Lifetime Trusts'

Ed Ryder
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There are many misconceptions about trusts – about who typically uses them and about their intended purpose. Many think trusts are primarily about saving tax and only for the seriously wealthy. In fact, there is a long history of trusts being used in...

What to do if a will is challenged

Simon Black
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Rising affluence has given increased opportunity for individuals to pass on wealth to chosen members of their family. Unfortunately, in our experience, this has also led to a rising number of wills that are being challenged by those either not included in a...

Do you have a checklist alongside your Will or LPA?

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In light of billions of pounds left unclaimed with UK financial institutions, we offer a checklist to help people record their assets before they become too ill to do so. The checklist is offered to all those who contact us for advice on drawing up a Will,...

Minimising care costs: false hopes v proper planning

Dawn Moore
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We often come across situations where families have sought to minimise future care costs for an elderly relative either by passing ownership of their home to other family members or by participating in poorly conceived ‘asset protection trusts’....

Harrowells wins Legal 500 recognition

Peter Mills
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Each year Legal 500 undertakes a research-based assessment of the reputation and quality of work of leading law firms in the UK. The 2017 results were announced in October and we have received formal recognition in a number of practice areas. These...

Specialist estates planning lawyer joins Harrowells

Ed Ryder
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We have expanded our Private Client Department with the appointment of a new partner. Philip Nelson (pictured left with Head of Department Ed Ryder) lives near York and joins from specialist national private client law firm, Wrigleys, Leeds....

Powers of attorney for your business

Ed Ryder
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More and more people are familiar with the idea of Lasting Powers of Attorney – a document that appoints attorneys to make decisions on your behalf if you are unable to do so yourself in the future because of mental or physical incapacity. Often these...