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We can’t stop the inevitable. But we can help you plan for it.

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Let’s get it said. No-one’s very comfortable around death. Whist professional legal advice can’t stop the inevitable it can help you control what comes before and what happens after, which will give you peace of mind and make the whole process easier for your loved ones.

It’s important to seriously consider making a will for a variety of reasons. You want to know that your property and possessions will be passed on in accordance with your wishes. You want to be sure that any special provisions, for example for children, for partners, for former partners or vulnerable adults, are honoured. You want the comfort of knowing that specific bequests such as charitably legacies will be administered. You need the reassurance and peace of mind that any or all of these will not be challenged, potentially causing more distress and hurt to those already suffering the pain of bereavement.

How we can help

We help by giving you that peace of mind. Even what seems a simple will to someone can have many different dimensions and our skill is in taking clients carefully through everything and ensuring the resultant will is meticulously drafted. We avoid jargon and high-flown legal language, preferring a plain English approach so you are fully aware of the process you’re in and the provisions you’re making. We can help with:

Making, amending or reviewing a will, often for a fixed fee or with a
‘price promise’

Advice across the board from simple, single wills to highly complex arrangements for couples factoring in a range of complicating issues such as overseas property, businesses, ex partners, vulnerable dependents, residency and citizenship.

New Postal Will service now available!

For a quick, convenient and great value way to make a Will with no need for appointments we now offer a Postal Will service. You can complete the process in your own time at home, all for the great value service for a single Will from just £85. For more information see Postal Wills.

Challenging a will

Known technically as Contentious Probate or Contested Probate, this is where we advise in situations where the validity of a will is being challenged. One of the greatest advertisements for a ‘proper’ will,  drafted by professionals rather than an unqualified will writer, is that it is the best defence against a legal challenge that may see your wishes over-ruled

Probate and Estates Administration

We can assist those tasked with Probate – the arrangement of someone’s affairs after their death – by taking on the legal and administrative burden. It can often be a fraught, time-consuming and protracted process and at a time when grief is still raw, it can be a relief to pass over responsibility

Inheritance Tax Planning & Trusts

We can advise on strategies for minimising the amount of Inheritance Tax payable by your loved ones on your death, as well as the set up and administration of tax-efficient vehicles such as Trusts for future generations

Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)

We can help extend the control you have over your affairs after your death to the life that goes before it too. Sadly, there may come a point where you no longer have the mental capacity to decide upon matters related to your finances and property or indeed your overall welfare. We can plan for that moment through the setting up of an LPA, protecting your future and safeguarding
your rights.

Useful Links


Why you should make a Will

A guide to making a Lasting Power of Attorney

Duties of a Personal Representative

Your questions, simply answered; Howells_FAQ_brochure_Wills

What happens when you don’t have a Will? What happens without a Will

Our aims

Our team

Our team are highly knowledgeable and experienced in all areas of Wills and Probate. They are passionate about helping people take control of their affairs and ensuring rights and wishes are upheld. The team will put you at your ease immediately – while their professionalism and eye for detail will have you leaving relaxed and reassured.

We can meet with you personally in the comfort of our offices in Sheffield, Rotherham and Barnsley. If you are physically unable to attend any of our offices, a home visit can be arranged.