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Deborah Kaye


Associate Solicitor
Department: Wills & Probate

Deborah Kaye joined the firm’s Wills & Probate 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.

Over the years Deborah has dealt with a full range of Wills & Probate services from pre-death work – making Wills, Powers of Attorney, Estate and Tax Planning, through to dealing with Estates post-death, and associated planning (eg. Deeds of Variation). She has experience dealing with Agricultural clients in relation to estate planning and estate administration from her time spent in the Holme Valley. Deborah is also able to deal with Court of Protection work, and Trusts (both lifetime and on death), including Personal Injury Trusts, and has a background in property law.

Having experience dealing with the entire spectrum of Wills & Probate matters, Deborah is able to offer our clients a totally holistic approach to any review of their affairs, not just focusing on any particular aspect of them.

Since joining Ridley & Hall, Deborah has enjoyed reconnecting with other local professionals (Solicitors, Accountants, Financial Advisers), with whom she or her clients have worked previously, and is always looking to promote the firm and make new contacts. She represents the firm as part of the Kirklees Dementia Friendly Communities Steering Group, and is a Dementia Friend.

Out of the office, Deborah likes to keep fit by running and circuit exercise sessions, to help her to keep pace with her two sporty sons and her Cocker Spaniel, Bertie. She enjoys Northern Soul music and dancing.


Wills & Probate Team

Lynsey  Bashforth

Partner
Lynsey Bashforth is a Solicitor who joined Ridley & Hall in July 2019. Lynsey was the sole director of Bashforth-Young Solicitor until it was acquired by Ridley & Hall in 2019. Bashforth-Young Solicitor was a boutique specialist Wills & Probate firm located in South Elmsall Pontefract. Lynsey still works out of the South Elmsall offices where she established the practice and where all services of Ridley and Hall can now be provided to the community....

Thomas Grice

Solicitor
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....

Melanie  Pickering

Solicitor
Melanie Pickering joined the firm’s Wills & Probate team in April 2021, helping to expand the department. She has over 5 years’ experience of experience in this area of law and qualified as a solicitor into this field in 2017. Although always based in Yorkshire, Melanie has worked with clients based all around the country, and internationally....

Lucy Pickles

Trainee Solicitor
Lucy began life at Ridley and Hall as a Care Paralegal in August 2018. In July 2019, she began her training contract, with her first seat being in the Care Team. ...

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...

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