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Will Writing Services - Why should I make a Will?

It’s tough to think about planning for your passing, which is why many clients put off making a Will. However, our experience shows that deciding what happens to your assets after you’re gone can bring peace of mind while you’re still here.

Without a Will, your desired beneficiaries may not receive what you intend. The intestacy rules  overlook stepchildren and unmarried partners, they can also potentially lead to more inheritance tax being paid..  Having a Will in place may also be  especially crucial if you have young or disabled children, a disabled spouse, or an unmarried partner.

Ridley & Hall Will writing solicitors can help create a Will that meets your needs and offer guidance on estate-related taxes

Why choose Ridley & Hall Wills & Probate Team?

Inheritance Tax planning

Inheritance tax is currently charged at 40% and affects many UK families, including those with modest wealth. This is primarily due to the rise in property values over the last few years. It is estimated that millions of UK homeowners may now fall within the scope of this tax.

Proper inheritance tax planning could save your family thousands of pounds. But are you aware that there are ways of avoiding this? Ridley & Hall’s  solicitors can provide you with an assessment of your potential tax liability upon death and discuss proper planning to mitigate any tax liability. If you want to address tax issues during your lifetime as well as in your will, we can connect you with an independent financial advisor who will be able to assist you.

Our People

Thomas Grice

Head of Department,
Tom is a solicitor who joined Ridley & Hall in May 2021. Tom has joined Ridley & Hall from a multi discipline firm in Wakefield, having previously worked in Knaresborough and at a nationwide firm in Wakefield.  Previous to this Tom undertook his Law Degree at the University of Bradford and the Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School, achieving a Distinction....

Hannah Pedley

Associate Solicitor
Hannah is an Affiliate member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and is undergoing further qualification in pursuit of attaining her full membership and becoming a recognised Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP). She has handled a variety of different matters and the feedback received from clients has always been extremely positive....
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Chloe Aston

South Elmsall Team Leader
Chloe is a highly qualified lawyer with a passion for serving Wills & Probate clients. Building strong and lasting relationships with her clients is at the heart of her practice. She prioritises understanding their unique needs and providing tailored legal solutions with a friendly and professional manner....

Andrew Gullett

Andrew qualified as a Solicitor in 2001 and has specialised in older client law since 2005. He is delighted to have joined our Private Client Team in Huddersfield in October 2021, having previously worked at a small firm in Wakefield...

Deborah Kaye

Associate Solicitor
Deborah Kaye joined the firm’s Private Client Team in July 2019, to contribute to the growth of that department. She brings with her a wealth of experience, having worked in this area of the law for over 20 years. Deborah previously had strong connections in the Holme Valley where she practised for many years and has welcomed the opportunity to work again in Huddersfield, having spent a few years working for a large multi-discipline firm in Bradford most recently....
Lucy Pickles

Lucy Pickles

Lucy is a solicitor in the Wills and Probate department. Lucy jointed joined Ridley & Hall Solicitors in August 2018 as a Paralegal and was admitted to the roll of solicitors in October 2021....

Ann Silver

Personal Assistant
Ann Silver is Personal Assistant to the firm’s Private Client Team. She joined Ridley & Hall in 1999 and over the years she has helped many hundreds of clients through the Will making process and supported many more through the distress of the death of a loved one and the Probate process...
Sophie Aldridge

Sophie Aldridge

Trainee Solicitor
Sophie achieved a First-Class degree in Law, Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2020, for which she also achieved the Criminology Award for the highest overall grade on the course. Following this, Sophie achieved a distinction on the Graduate Diploma in Law, was awarded the prize for the highest overall grade on the course, together with the prize for the highest grade in Property Law. Sophie is now studying the Legal Practice Course before training to become a solicitor....
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Holly Thurlbeck

Holly works in the private client team at Barnsley where she assists with Wills, Lasting powers of Attorneys and Estate administration....

Victoria Jones

Victoria achieved a First Class M Law (Exempting) degree at Northumbria University. Whilst at university, Victoria was a student adviser at Northumbria University’s Student Law Office, providing detailed legal advice to members of the public under solicitor supervision. Prior to commencing her final year at University, Victoria completed a short internship working with a law firm in Singapore....


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Frequently Asked Questions

If you don’t make a Will, your assets will be divided according to set rules, which might not match what you actually want. This can cause issues, especially for modern families.  These are known as the Intestacy Rules.

Using a solicitor ensures your Will is drafted correctly and worded correctly to make sure what you want to happen happens. This reduces errors, confusion and potential future disputes. They handle tricky details like taxes and at Ridley and Hall offer safe storage for your Will.

Currently in England and Wales there is no requirement to register a Will.  Following the completion of your Will we will provide you with a copy of your Will, as well as the necessary details should you or your Executors need to contact us.  Your Will is a private document and we would not release it or any details about without your approval or official documents.

Yes, but for complex situations, it’s best to get professional help. This guarantees your Will does what you want and helps your loved ones properly.

Ridley & Hall’s Wills solicitors make creating or updating a Will easy. We provide clear, legally sound advice, ensuring your wishes are followed. We also store your Will for free.

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