Will Services

Professional wills and probate lawyers

Our team of expert wills and probate solicitors understand that for many people making a will can be an emotional step to take. We know from experience that there is more to will writing than simply putting your instructions into a legal document. There are often family matters to discuss and decisions to be made, such as who will be the guardians of your children. Therefore, you need to instruct solicitors specialising in wills and trusts.

If you already have a will, it is important to keep it up to date if your situation changes so that you can be sure your wishes and instructions are both clear and current. Failure to keep your will up to date can lead to disputes. If you wish to speak to a solicitor who specialises in contesting wills, please contact our contentious probate team of solicitors here.

We recommend that wills make provision for the possibility of you losing mental capacity. You can put in place a lasting power of attorney which appoints someone to make decisions about your health and welfare should you lose capacity. Alternatively, if there is no one whom you feel you can appoint to make such delicate decisions, it is possible to make a “living will”.

If you are looking to make a will for someone who cannot look after their own financial affairs due to mental incapacity, we can apply to the Court of Protection for a statutory will to be made on behalf of the incapacitated person.

Our dedicated team of solicitors specialises in will writing, ensuring your wishes are legally documented and your legacy protected. With will services tailored to each individual client, our solicitors are here to guide you through the intricate process with care and expertise.

Get in contact today to speak to our expert team of highly recommended wills and probate lawyers. Please call us on 01483 887766, email us or contact us via live chat to find out more about our will services.

Who to contact

Jordan Page- Trusts & Estates

Jordan Page

Associate, Trusts & Estates

Jordan Page- Trusts & Estates

Associate, Trusts & Estates

Jordan Page

Jordan is an Associate Solicitor with more than 5 years' post-qualified experience, 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."

“I have been impressed by the way you have dealt with the estate and the thorough way each step has been handled”

"Thank you for the way you have handled my father’s estate. It made a potentially difficult task stress free. You may recall that I was executor for my Scottish aunt’s estate at the same time - let’s just say that was a far more unpleasant experience".

    Louise Harrhy- Head of Trusts & Estates

    Louise Harrhy

    Partner, Head of Trusts & Estates

    Louise Harrhy- 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.

    What do clients say?

    "Louise at Hart Brown helped me enormously in sorting out my deceased relatives affairs. I would not have been able to cope without her generous patience and understanding."

    "Louise Harrhy was recommended to me as a highly professional and knowledgeable solicitor when I was seeking some advice on Estate Planning. This she certainly is and her advice regarding Wills, Trusts and LPAs has been reassuring and helpful in planning the way forward. I have been left with the impression of Hart Brown as a firm of solicitors that can be respected and trusted."

    "I have had excellent attention from Louise Harrhy and her team at the Cranleigh Office recently, dealing with the Wills , Probate and Estate of 2 close relatives. These matters are never easy to deal with , but the combination of professionalism and kindness shown to me by Louise has been a huge help. I would not hesitate to recommend Hart Brown to anyone finding themselves needing help with such matters."

    "I found Louise Harrhy to be very helpful and professional in her dealings with my late mother's estate. I would definitely recommend her and Hart Brown."

    "Excellent!! Friendly and professional service by Louise Harrhy."

      Margaret Gale- Associate- Trusts & Estates

      Margaret Gale

      Associate, Trusts & Estates

      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 and powers of attorney.

      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.

        Sue Macleod -Associate, Trusts & Estates

        Sue Macleod

        Associate, Trusts & Estates

        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”.

          Sunil Vasisht

          Senior Solicitor, Trusts & Estates

          Senior Solicitor, Trusts & Estates

          Sunil Vasisht

          Sunil joined the Trusts & Estates team in May 2022 as a senior solicitor based in the Cranleigh office. Since he qualified as a solicitor he has worked in firms with offices in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Surrey.

          After graduating from Sussex University with a degree in Law with French, he decided to travel abroad for a year or so. Nineteen years later, after having set up an English language school/consultancy a stone’s throw from the Amalfi Coast, he returned to the UK to fulfil his childhood ambition of qualifying as a solicitor.

          Sunil has worked in the Private Client field for over 11 years, specialising in Wills, Estate Administration, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Deputyship applications to the Court of Protection, all the while taking courses and qualifications to improve his skills and knowledge.

          He is a full member of STEP (the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) and also achieved a distinction in the STEP Advanced Certificate in Will Preparation.

            Yiskah Butcher

            Solicitor, Trusts & Estates

            Solicitor, Trusts & Estates

            Yiskah Butcher

            Yiskah joined Hart Brown in January 2023 as a Trusts & Estates Solicitor based in our Cobham office. Yiskah assists clients in the preparation of their Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney and in the administration of a loved one’s estate.

            After studying Criminology and Sociology at Roehampton University, Yiskah completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in Bloomsbury, gaining a distinction in Private Client.

            Yiskah qualified as a solicitor in 2010, having completed training seats in family, property, commercial and private client matters and returned to law in 2022 following a career in the childcare sector, where Yiskah established and ran an Ofsted Good rated registered childcare setting in south west London.

            Yiskah is an experienced and patient communicator, committed to assisting her clients with clarity, care and sensitivity. She enjoys pilates, property renovation, 5k runs and networking.

            What do clients say about Yiskah?

            "Both Yiskah Butcher and X have been fantastic with their communication... would absolutely use them again."

              Kerry Dunn

              Barrister

              Barrister

              Kerry Dunn

              Kerry is a barrister in our Guildford office.

              Kerry was called to the Bar (Middle Temple) in 1999. She practised at 3 Stone Buildings (now Three Stone following a merger) until 2018 when she took a planned career break to spend time with her young family. During her time at the Bar, she specialised in private client work, both contentious and non-contentious. She has a wealth of experience advising on: trusts and estates; Wills, LPAs, probate and family provision (1975 Act claims); related inheritance taxation and professional negligence claims; Court of Protection and Elder Law; and co-ownership disputes.

              An experienced litigator and advocate, Kerry also qualified as a mediator in 2008 and is keen to work with clients to find sensible, cost-effective solutions to problems as they arise. She is experienced at advising clients across the spectrum, including HNW and UHNW clients.

              Kerry was a full member of STEP from 2005 to 2017 and will be reactivating her membership in due course. She was a committee member of the STEP Mental Capacity SIG from 2016-2017.

              Kerry is keen to give back to the community and was on the panel for the Bar Pro Bono Unit (now Advocate) from 2006-2017, volunteered at Surrey Law Centre and at Refugee Action Kingston. She is happy to give talks to the wider community, including care settings and at local schools.

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