Personal Law Services
Wills, Trusts, Probate & Estate Administration
Our Private Client Team consists of Sally Cook, Karen Yates, Sue Mackintosh and Howard Burns. All our team members are specialist solicitors and some are members of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). Sally and Howard are also both accredited Trust and Estate Practitioners (TEP).
The death of a loved one, lifetime tax planning and making plans to organise your personal affairs in later life can be difficult issues and can give rise to a variety of legal problems. Sally, Karen, Sue and Howard have extensive experience in a range of Private Client matters and are on hand to provide you with assistance.
We pride ourselves on providing a personal and friendly service. We like to keep things simple and will use clear, plain and jargon free language wherever possible. We are here to help during what may be a difficult and stressful time, providing you with the support you need.
We have many years' experience in dealing with the following:
- Contentious probate
- Wills and estate planning
- Estate administration
- Powers of attorney and deputyship applications
Your matter will be handled from start to finish by the same solicitor that you meet at the outset. Our secretaries will also be available to help you throughout. We do not operate in a call centre.....you will always speak to one of the team.
There are no hidden costs and we will be able to confirm a full estimate of our costs at the initial meeting. In fact, most of our services can be offered on a fixed fee basis.
Wills & Lasting Power of Attorney Fees
Professional charges - Wills
We will be able to confirm the exact charges for the preparation of your new Will once we have taken your full instructions. An initial consultation will be offered at our expense to discuss your requirements.
Our Wills are charged on a fixed fee basis according to a tiered structure. The more basic Wills are charged at £125 or £200 plus VAT per Will with the more complex Wills being charged at £300 or £400 plus VAT per Will.
After your initial meeting with one of our solicitors, we will be able to advise you of the cost of your Will and will thereafter confirm this fee in writing.
Professional charges - Lasting Powers of Attorney
Our charges for preparing a Property & Finances Lasting Power of Attorney or a Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney are fixed at £450 plus VAT.
If you would like us to prepare both the Property & Finances and Health & Welfare documents, our charges will be £675.00 plus VAT.
Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) cannot be used until they have been registered with a government body called the Office of the Public Guardian ('OPG'). The registration fee for each document is £110 , which is payable to the OPG and is in addition to our legal costs as set out above.
Get in touch
Find out more about how the expert team at Clough & Willis can help you today. We have offices in both Bolton and Bury and are easily accessible. Call us on 0800 083 0815 to speak to a specialist solicitor. If you would prefer us to contact you, simply complete the online enquiry form on the side of this page.
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What Our Clients Say
I was very impressed with Sallys patient, knowledgeable ideas and explanations. The law can be very confusing. Her genuine wish to help was much appreciated.
I am part sighted and things that I have found hard to read have been read to me with understanding and patience. I feel well served.
I am now happy that my will and Lasting Power of Attorney has been prepared by a solicitor. In past years it was through the bank. They are not solicitors. Now I can see the difference, Miss Sally Cook was so professional and very thorough from start to finish. A very big thank you to Sally for everything. Also thank you to Clough & Willis Solicitors.
Everything that they did was done without any bother at all. Their professionalism could not be improved.
Very satisfied with the service from Sally Cook - very helpful and professional
Mr & Mrs McColgan
We found the whole process quick and stress free! Sally Cook was both professional and efficient and we were very pleased with the service we received.
I was very pleased to meet with Sally Cook, for her to prepare my complete new Will, and Lasting Power of Attorney. It was not easy for me to understand all of that, but Sally guided me through. Sally took the time to explain to me the content of both, nothing was too much trouble and I can't thank her enough for everything she did. From myself thank you so much Sally.
Mr R Wareing
Sally Cook was very professional and explained to me what a Will consisted off and dealt with the matter quickly and very efficiently would recommend to anyone.
Miss T Wareing
Sally was helpful, friendly, professional and very approachable. I felt completely at ease and important to her as a client. Keep up the good work.
They were very kind to me when my husband died.
Many thanks to Sally for the excellent service we received.
I found Sally Cook to be very helpful, approachable and professional.
Thank you to Rebecca for showing much empathy and sensitivity at a very difficult time for our family.
I wish to thank Rebecca Green for her kind and friendly approach to my requirements, she made me feel relaxed from the very start and was extremely informative to everything I asked her. Many thanks Rebecca.
I felt completely at ease with Rebecca. Despite her professional status I didn’t feel at all intimidated. She took charge in a respectful manner.
I was very pleased with the way Rebecca Green dealt with the making of my Will. She was thorough in her explanations and made me feel she was really experienced in her work. I would have no hesitation in recommending her.
Rebecca was extremely helpful and friendly in my making a new will, also a very nice person to meet.
I was made to feel welcome and Rebecca made me feel more like a friend than a client.
Rebecca is very good at explaining all the issues concerning making a Will. She dealt with my case efficiently and she has a very friendly manner.
Rebecca was helpful and informative but she also gave us time to think things over without time pressure – thank you.
Mr & Mrs Harrington
My husband and I were very pleased and impressed by Ms Green when she came to our home she was very patient and helpful.
I would just like to say thank you to Clough & Willis and Rebecca Green for being so kind and I will recommend you.
Rebecca is to be highly commended for her friendly and highly professional approach. She represents a real asset to your firm.