We have an expert team of solicitors specialising in trusts on hand to offer advice on your potential liabilities and help you to fulfil your duties

We have a team of solicitors on hand specialising in wills and trusts. If you have been appointed as a trustee you have a responsibility to hold, manage and administer the trust assets. Our expert wills and trust law solicitors are able to provide guidance and advice on all aspects of being a trustee.

If you have been appointed as a trustee you have a responsibility to hold, manage and administer the trust assets. You will be answerable to the beneficiary of the trust and, in some circumstances become personally liable. Our trust law solicitors have years of experience in advising trustees on all aspects of the administration of trusts. We can help you to fulfil your duties and responsibilities as a trustee and advise you of your potential liabilities.

Some people prefer to appoint a professional to act as an individual trustee, particularly if the beneficiaries do not get on. Our solicitors act as a trustee for many trusts and are happy to discuss this with you if appropriate.

Making investments is likely to be the most risky responsibility for individual trustees, making the wrong investment can have serious consequences for the trustee and the trust fund. As well as specialist trust law solicitors, we have a long-standing professional relationship with external financial advisors who we can call on to assist you.

Not all trusts run smoothly, if yours is one of them our team of specialist lawyers are experienced in helping individual trustees and beneficiaries should a dispute arise regarding the trust. We will help the parties to reach an amicable settlement through mediation or round table meetings, if that is not possible then court proceedings will be considered.

Get in contact today to speak to an expert team of lawyers specialising in trusts and wills on 01483 887766, email us or contact us via live chat.

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Claire Ritchie

Senior Solicitor, Trusts & Estates

Senior Solicitor, Trusts & Estates

Claire Ritchie

Claire is a senior solicitor and deals with Wills, Estate Planning and Inheritance Tax Planning, Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection work, Estate Administration and Trust work.

Claire has specialised in Wills, Trusts and Estates for over 10 years having qualified as a legal executive in 2007 and then further qualified as a solicitor in 2014.

Claire enjoys, and has gained a good reputation for her work with elderly clients. She is a fully accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly and a 'Dementia Friend'.

    Jordan Page

    Senior Solicitor, Trusts & Estates

    Senior Solicitor, Trusts & Estates

    Jordan Page

    Jordan is a Solicitor specialising in Wills, lasting powers of attorney and the administration of trusts and estates. He is based in the Trusts & Estates department in Guildford.

    Jordan studied law at the University of Southampton, graduating in 2013. Whilst completing his LPC on a part time basis, Jordan worked in the firm’s quality and compliance department as the firm’s Chief Internal Auditor, before commencing his training contract in April 2016.

    Having previously undertaken trainee roles in the Family and Residential Property departments, Jordan qualified into the Trust & Estates department where he completed his training.

    What does Jordan regard as his specialism?

    "The administration of estates and inheritance tax planning in equal measure. My experience of administering estates and calculating inheritance tax liabilities has provided me with valuable insight into how this particularly unpopular tax applies. This type of work has given me the tools to advise clients as to the steps they can take in advance to mitigate their exposure to inheritance tax. I pride myself on providing legal advice in a straightforward manner, cutting through the legal jargon. I always endeavour to work as efficiently as I can in order to provide the best level of service."

    Jordan frequently receives great feedback from his clients:

    "Just thought I’d email to say thank you really - it’s been a long 11 months but some of the horror stories I have heard from friends who have had to deal with these affairs makes us all realise how efficient and effective you have been so I'd like to thank you on behalf of all our family."

    "“Thank you above all for all your exemplary and conscientious work on my mother’s estate, carried out with great patience and attention to every detail.”

    “Thanks again for all your hard and conscientious work on the estate and then the will. You have made what could have been a stressful process extremely easy and constructive. I really appreciate the time you have devoted to helping me navigate this.”

    "Hart Brown comes up trumps yet again"

    “I appreciate your efforts and thank you for helping me to understand the process!”

    "Thank you for your help, your ears will be burning, as I have been ringing your praises!!"

    “Thank you for all your input, help and time - it has been much appreciated.”

    “May I take this opportunity to thank you for your hard work and professionalism - it is a testament to all those who worked so hard on this case that it looks as though it will all be settled by the first year Anniversary. Quite remarkable!”

    "I would like to place on record my appreciation of the efficient and quick service you have provided, particularly as I wished to have the new will in place before my departure on holiday."

      Louise Harrhy

      Partner, Head of Trusts & Estates

      Partner, Head of Trusts & Estates

      Louise Harrhy

      A Partner based in Cranleigh, Louise is also Head of the Trusts & Estates team at Hart Brown and has extensive experience in a broad range of Private Client work.

      Louise helps clients with all aspects of Private Client work and deals with the formation and administration of trusts, lifetime and post death planning and will drafting. She also works with other professional advisors to provide a complete package of advice.

      Louise has considerable experience of applications for probate and estate administration often including complex issues and overseas assets. Additionally, she can help clients with Court of Protection matters including lasting powers of attorney and court applications for gifts.

      "Louise Harrhy is highly experienced in probate applications and estate administration especially matters involving offshore assets. She is skilled in Court of Protection matters, including deputyships and lasting powers of attorney." (Chambers UK 2016)

      "Louise Harrhy is a really driven and committed lawyer. She advises clients on a wide range of areas, including the creation of wills, the establishment of trusts and the administration of estates. Her work also incudes Court of Protection matters." (Chambers UK 2017)

      Louise is also a member of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

        Margaret Gale

        Associate, Trusts & Estates

        Associate, Trusts & Estates

        Margaret Gale

        Margaret is an Associate and specialises in wills, the establishment and administration of trusts, probate, tax planning, powers of attorney and court of protection work.

        Margaret joined Hart Brown in 2017, bringing with her a wealth of experience to the Trusts & Estates department in Cobham. She has worked as a Private Client lawyer in Surrey for over 30 years, and is also a member of STEP and the Law Society Private Client Section.

          Nick Langmead

          Associate, Trusts & Estates

          Associate, Trusts & Estates

          Nick Langmead

          Nick is an Associate Solicitor in the Trusts & Estates department at the Cobham office of Hart Brown.

          Nick has more than 20 years' experience drafting Wills for a wide range of clients and administering all types of estate, with values ranging from £20,000 to £1,000,000 and beyond.

          Nick qualified as a solicitor in 1998 and holds a diploma in law and diploma in legal practice, he is also a full member of STEP (the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners).

          Nick's clients appreciate his thorough approach, determination to get things right and commitment to listening to what his clients really want so he can help them to achieve their objectives.

            Sue Macleod

            Associate, Trusts & Estates

            Associate, Trusts & Estates

            Sue Macleod

            Sue is an Associate Solicitor in the Trusts and Estates department, primarily dealing with wills, estate administration, inheritance tax planning, powers of attorney and Court of Protection work.

            Sue qualified as a solicitor in 1994 and has worked for Hart Brown since 1997 apart from a 4 year career break.

            Sue’s clients provide excellent feedback: “An excellent and efficient service. Would highly recommend to friends and family”.

              Helen Cohen

              Paralegal, Trusts & Estates

              Paralegal, Trusts & Estates

              Helen Cohen

              Helen is a paralegal based in the Woking office and assists all solicitors within the Trusts & Estates team, dealing with Wills, Powers of Attorney, Estate Administration, Court of Protection matters, and Trust work.

              Helen has worked in the Trusts & Estates area for over 8 years, beginning as a secretary in 2012, she then progressed to a paralegal role in 2015, and joined Hart Brown in January 2019.

              Helen completed her law degree in Summer 2020, and is currently studying her LPC with a view to progressing her career and eventually qualifying as a solicitor.

              Helen enjoys helping clients who may be going through a difficult time in their life, by lifting the burden of stress which can be felt, when dealing with the estate or affairs of a loved one.

              What do Helen's clients say?

              “I have really valued your calm and friendly approach at a time when I have been struggling with a range of emotions … Your guidance and support throughout the entire probate and estate administration process has really helped me to cope and I will always be grateful to you for this.”

              “Thank for all your hard work - I know this case must have been very challenging at times - and a big shout out to Helen for her resolute positivity and patience..."

                Richard Bones

                Associate, Trusts & Estates

                Associate, Trusts & Estates

                Richard Bones

                Richard is an associate solicitor in the Trusts and Estates department in the Cranleigh office of Hart Brown.

                He qualified in 2002 and initially practised in the City. Before relocating to Surrey in 2018 he was an equity partner in a practice on the south coast.

                Richard has extensive experience in a broad range of private client work specialising in will preparation, tax planning, trusts, powers of attorney, court of protection work and estate administration.

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