Wills, Trusts & Probate

It has never been more important to ensure that expert legal advice is taken on wills and probate, asset protection and succession planning. In March 2023 we were ranked #2 out of over 3,000 Wills, Trusts & Probate solicitor firms in the UK by legal review platform ReviewSolicitors. So for specialist guidance call us on 0333 888 0404 or send us an email.

Our experience

Our private client lawyers have been providing specialist advice and guidance to families for generations.

Our highly experienced team includes lawyers who are members of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). We also have lawyers who are members of the Probate Section of the Law Society, and Solicitors for the Elderly. Additionally members of the department are ‘Dementia Friends’.

Together our lawyers have the requisite legal and taxation knowledge to provide a full range of services, including will writing, estate administration, lasting powers of attorney and deeds of variation.

And if a dispute arises we can call on support from our specialist contentious probate department.

Planning for future generations

We can assist you in managing a smooth transfer of wealth from one generation to the next. We provide innovative solutions to estate planning that are uniquely tailored to your needs and fully tax efficient.

Protecting your children’s inheritance

We are increasingly advising parents on how to protect your children’s inheritance. People often overlook the limitations of a simple will. They fail to appreciate that re-marriage, the Inheritance Act, the intestacy rules and other legal provisions can frustrate your testamentary plans. Our experts can work with you to ensure that your children’s inheritance is protected.

Practical, cost effective advice

Whether your affairs are simple or complex, it’s vital to get the right advice. We offer straight-talking, jargon-free, cost-effective guidance, combining a practical approach to the law with sensitivity and care. We are open and transparent in relation to the fees that we charge. Details of the pricing structure of our probate services can be found here. We offer fixed fees for preparing Lasting Powers of Attorney which you can find here, and details of the cost of standard Wills are here. For a detailed, written estimate of fees in relation to any of our services simply send us an email or give us a call.

Areas of Specialism:

We deal with cases involving all the main areas of cosmetic surgery, including procedures involving the nose, eyes, face, ears, breasts, labia and chest.
Post-operative infection is a known risk of cosmetic surgery. When basic steps are not taken to prevent it occurring the patient may be entitled to recover compensation.
We have experience of dealing with a range of cases involving cosmetic dentistry that has not been performed correctly.
When liposuction is not carried out correctly the results can be devastating for the patient. Our team are experienced in dealing with these cases.
Beauty treatments are carried out by a range of professionals and technicians but the standard of the procedures is variable. We are highly experienced in dealing with beauty treatment claims.

Work with our team:

Vanessa Swales
Partner
Vanessa Swales is a solicitor and partner in Braunton who has been with the firm since 1993. She specialises in all aspects of private client law.
Holly Hampton
Trust and Estates Practitioner
Holly Hampton is a Trusts and Estates practitioner. She is a full member of STEP, the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners.
Vanessa Swales
Partner
Vanessa Swales is a solicitor and partner in Braunton who has been with the firm since 1993. She specialises in all aspects of private client law.
Holly Hampton
Trust and Estates Practitioner
Holly Hampton is a Trusts and Estates practitioner. She is a full member of STEP, the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners.