Wills, Probate and Trusts

Our clients tell us that they value our team’s approachable style and its ability to find creative solutions, which is all founded on a commitment to providing the highest level of client service. In return, we value the established relationships we have with our clients and their families, which often continues for generations.

Our team regularly advises clients on how to protect their wealth, inheritance and assets and we are able to advise fully on drawing up wills and administering estates and trusts. We can also advise on the creation of trusts and how they can be used to minimise Inheritance Tax and to protect assets.

We seek to offer straightforward and practical advice when dealing with what are often potentially complex issues concerning tax planning and asset protection.

We can also advise and assist with the creation of Lasting Powers of Attorney and applications to the Court of Protection. Our team also acts as attorneys and court-appointed deputies for clients.

To discuss making or amending your will, or any other aspect of probate, tax planning and trusts, please contact us.

I was very pleased with the wonderful assistance as I am elderly and needed advice, and am very grateful for the help I received.

We sorted out our Wills and LPA’s with Ben and were very pleased with how it all went.

I have nothing but praise for how Roger dealt with me and the sympathy shown during a sad time. Thank you

If James is a reflection and example of your staff then the firm can be said to offer excellent professional support and advice

I have had confidence with the firm over many years. Jessica makes every visit a pleasure ; she has excellent listening skills, a quick understanding and gives thoughtful guidance, together with her engaging personality and professional manner.

Clare was really easy to deal with and extremely pleasant and helpful

I have nothing other than praise for all the help I received from Robert Sawers over the last few years, during what was a very difficult time for me.

Ben was very helpful and explained the will drafting process clearly. In a professional manner he was friendly and approachable.

The service I received was excellent Jessica was very helpful and gave me good advice.

Over the past few years everyone I have dealt with in the firm has been very professional and helpful – most especially Robert Sawers

Thank you Jessica for a very understanding approach to a difficult time for us. Very much appreciated and we will recommend her without hesitation.

Clare was most helpful at all times

I don’t know how many other clients you have but you made us feel like the only ones. Excellent service

Kate took as much time as we needed to answer any queries we had

Just keep up the good work you do. I hope you help my family the same as you did me

Kate is excellent and very professional solicitors. Many thanks.

We engaged MacDonald Oates to rewrite/update our Wills. The Company was selected on the basis of the very efficient conveyancing conducted 3 years ago. We were not disappointed. Thank you

Clare has give huge support throughout a difficulty time, always cheerful, extremely good at her job

Kate has been a wonderful help and advisor throughout all my dealings with MacDonald Oates i.e. dealing and helping as executor of my late Aunt’s estate together with the sale of her property (here Sarah was also very efficient and helpful), and more recently with my own personal affairs. Throughout Kate has been professional, kind and helpful and I am extremely grateful to her for all her advice and patience too it has been very much appreciated

..excellent service, we have used MacDonald Oates for many years and this will continue. Keep up the excellent work

I found Miss Jessica Pye to be the most charming and helpful young lady.

Helpful advice and excellent service

Very satisfied with prompt and efficient service.

Thank you! We are very satisfied

Our People

Roger Brown-Hovelt Consultant Solicitor
Daphne Davidson Kelly Consultant Solicitor
Ben Holden Associate Solicitor
Joanna James Solicitor
Mary McCutchan Solicitor
Jessica Pye Associate Chartered Legal Executive
Clare Ridout Associate Solicitor
James Sawers Partner, CEO and Head of Wills, Probate and Trusts Department
Robert Sawers Partner
Kate Shires Associate Solicitor
Lucy Shires Paralegal