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Melanie Pickering

Department: Wills & Probate

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.

Her experience allows Melanie to advise clients in respect to all aspects of Wills, Powers of Attorney, Probate and Court of Protection work, whether the individual’s financial or family circumstances are straight-forward or complex. She also has experience in contested Wills and contested Court of Protection matters. This means that Melanie is well equipped to advise clients whose estates may be at risk of a claim after their death, and to put measures in place to try and reduce the likelihood of such claims being successful.

Having worked on Missing Persons cases for some time in her previous role, Melanie is also experienced at handling the estates of individuals who have been missing for a long time, and who have been legally declared deceased by the Courts.

Melanie is also a Dementia Friends Champion and very much enjoys helping to inform individuals, companies, and other organisations about dementia. In doing so, Melanie hopes to help make Yorkshire, and the UK as a whole, a more dementia friendly place to live.

Outside work, Melanie enjoys exploring new places and cultures at home and abroad and is looking forward to getting back to travelling soon! She is keen on charity work, particularly Race for Life (which she has now completed 10 times), and animal charities. Melanie and her husband sponsor an endangered animal every year at Christmas to give something back.

Wills & Probate Team

Lynsey  Bashforth

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

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....

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

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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