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.

Delighted with the service we received.

I was extremely happy with your service (Michelle) and will recommend

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

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

Kate is excellent and very professional solicitors. Many thanks.

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

Thank you! We are very satisfied

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

Absolutely professional and fantastic clear service at all times.

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

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

Excellent service from Ben.

“The service I received was outstanding! All my concerns were dealt with in a friendly but professional way.  Kate clearly understood my needs and made sensible and thoughtful suggestions in order to meet them.  Your firm came highly recommended …I can quite see why!  Well done to the whole team.”

Helpful advice and excellent service

Very satisfied with prompt and efficient service.

“In all my dealings with MacDonald Oates over the last 12 months (my late mother’s probate, my re-mortgage and transfer of ownership on our house and the sale of my late mother’s house) you have been nothing but helpful, professional, efficient and approachable. Many thanks indeed”

Kate Shires has been, and is, a super solicitor she is professional, patient and kind, we have recommended her to many friends.

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

I have no suggestions for how you can improve the service, I found it perfect.

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

“Have used you for a long time and have received consistently good service.”

“Joanna helped me with three separate issues and provided first class service on each occasion”

“Joanna provided an exceptional service.  Thank you!”

Clare was most helpful at all times

Quick and friendly response for our needs. Happy Customer!

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.

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.

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

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

We were very pleased with service provided.

“We have been so impressed by the service we have received from your company that we intend to use you again even though we do not live locally.  Many thanks to Joanna and to Dan who acted in the sale of my mother’s property.”

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

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.

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

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

Georgia was really good – professional and did exactly what she said she would do on 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 was recommend by a friend to contact MacDonald Oates having previously used a different solicitor.  I found Georgia to be very professional whilst being kind and understanding.  I would certainly recommend MacDonald Oates to others.”

Thank you so much Clare for your help and guidance over Dad’s probate. We would have been lost without you! So glad we went with you.

We were very happy with our service. Quick with correspondence, and Diane was extremely professional and very attentive to detail, giving us a very personalised service

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

Kate’s friendly efficient and professional approach was a great comfort at a difficult time. I would have no hesitation in recommending her

I was very satisfied with the service provided.

Our requirement was time critical and we were both most impressed at how quickly the work was completed. Excellent service.

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

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

Our People

Roger Brown-Hovelt Consultant Solicitor
Georgia Chandler Associate
Andrea Cox Senior Solicitor
Michelle Hill Associate
Ben Holden Partner and Head of Wills, Probate & Trusts Department
Jessica Pye Associate
Clare Ridout Associate
James Sawers Consultant Solicitor
Robert Sawers Senior Solicitor
Kate Shires Senior Solicitor
Diane Zaltzman Solicitor