Making a will   

While no one likes to dwell on what will happen when they’re gone, it is important to ensure you have taken all necessary steps to put your affairs in order.

Leaving clear instructions will give you peace of mind that your final wishes will be followed and that your loved ones will not have additional work to deal with at a future point.

A professional will sets out:

  • who will be responsible for sorting out your affairs when you die
  • who will receive your money and property
  • Details of funeral arrangements
  • who will act as guardians for your children if you should die before they are 18
  • who will act as trustees of any monies to be set aside for your children until they are old enough to manage their own affairs.

If you die without leaving a valid Will, then your estate will be subject to intestacy laws. This can create added complications for your surviving relatives and friends.

At Hethertons we also have considerable experience advising older clients and Barbara Stephens, who heads up our Later Life Services, is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE).

For further advice, please contact Barbara Stephens or Sarah Collier on 01904 528200 or email brs@hethertons.co.uk or sjc@hethertons.co.uk

Wills and Probate Team

What Our Clients Say

Mrs W, York

"Fantastic service, fantastic people very professional in very difficult times, can't thank you enough"
2015-07-10T16:16:19+00:00
"Fantastic service, fantastic people very professional in very difficult times, can't thank you enough"

Mrs B, York

"Many thanks Barbara for all that you have done. I am delighted to have had you as a primary lead on all of these matters. You have been most appreciated throughout this ordeal."
2016-04-07T08:11:53+00:00
"Many thanks Barbara for all that you have done. I am delighted to have had you as a primary lead on all of these matters. You have been most appreciated throughout this ordeal."

Mrs B, York

"Thank you for the wonderful way in which you handled this matter. I know that Steve & David were most impressed."
2017-01-04T09:15:29+00:00
"Thank you for the wonderful way in which you handled this matter. I know that Steve & David were most impressed."

Mrs B, Aberdeen

"I have no criticism at all. I have found everyone with whom I have had contact most helpful."
2017-04-07T12:23:26+00:00
"I have no criticism at all. I have found everyone with whom I have had contact most helpful."

Mrs R, York

"No improvement required with your probate service, Barbara was professional, efficient and excellent dealing with our requirements. Thank you."
2017-02-10T17:36:24+00:00
"No improvement required with your probate service, Barbara was professional, efficient and excellent dealing with our requirements. Thank you."

Ms L, York

"I want to say how incredibly grateful I am to you - for everything. You have done to smooth the process of sorting out Probate, etc. in relation to my late brother's estate. I feel so fortunate to have found you - Thank you for being there, for your professional brilliance, your kindness, your humour and your empathy."
2018-03-19T16:42:44+00:00
"I want to say how incredibly grateful I am to you - for everything. You have done to smooth the process of sorting out Probate, etc. in relation to my late brother's estate. I feel so fortunate to have found you - Thank you for being there, for your professional brilliance, your kindness, your humour and your empathy."

Mr & Mrs K, York

"Well pleased with service. Sarah Collier was very pleasant to deal with. Thank you."
2017-07-13T14:48:50+00:00
"Well pleased with service. Sarah Collier was very pleasant to deal with. Thank you."

Mr G, York

"I would just like to say that Barbara and Karen have always been very professional with all work carried out and are extremely pleasant to work with. Both are a credit to the company and the reason that I continue to use Hethertons for my legal needs. Thank you."
2016-12-12T13:21:56+00:00
"I would just like to say that Barbara and Karen have always been very professional with all work carried out and are extremely pleasant to work with. Both are a credit to the company and the reason that I continue to use Hethertons for my legal needs. Thank you."

Mrs H, York

"Brilliant Service"
2016-04-14T15:42:53+00:00
"Brilliant Service"

Mr & Mrs M, York

"We have always found Hethertons to be friendly, helpful & efficient."
2018-01-04T16:04:02+00:00
"We have always found Hethertons to be friendly, helpful & efficient."

Mrs G, York

"We find Barbara Stephens excellent to deal with and would have no problem in recommending her."
2017-04-27T11:24:50+00:00
"We find Barbara Stephens excellent to deal with and would have no problem in recommending her."

Mr F, York

“Hethertons dealt with the processes extremely professionally, with a very patient and sympathetic attitude to my mum's situation”
2016-05-10T14:25:33+00:00
“Hethertons dealt with the processes extremely professionally, with a very patient and sympathetic attitude to my mum's situation”

Mrs H, Haxby

"Service was excellent and courteous as always."
2017-11-03T09:49:14+00:00
"Service was excellent and courteous as always."

Mrs F, York

"We were extremely happy with the service of Lee Higham, friendly & professional. Thank you."
2017-05-08T15:34:55+00:00
"We were extremely happy with the service of Lee Higham, friendly & professional. Thank you."

Mrs H, Haxby

""Very professionals, expedited service, Ms Stephens handled our businesses with courteousness & tact."
2017-02-16T18:30:33+00:00
""Very professionals, expedited service, Ms Stephens handled our businesses with courteousness & tact."

Mrs B, York

“Special thanks and appreciation to Barbara who has always done her due diligence in making certain that my concerns have/are being addressed when handling my husband’s estate.”
2015-10-13T08:16:52+00:00
“Special thanks and appreciation to Barbara who has always done her due diligence in making certain that my concerns have/are being addressed when handling my husband’s estate.”

Ms. H, York

"Positive experience all round, friendly, professional, approachable, thanks"
2015-07-10T16:16:34+00:00
"Positive experience all round, friendly, professional, approachable, thanks"

Ms L, York

"Thank you also for all your help and efficiency over recent month!"
2018-03-19T16:44:02+00:00
"Thank you also for all your help and efficiency over recent month!"

Mrs F, York

"I do appreciate Barbara's calm, caring and professional approach - it has been a difficult time with my father being so poorly. But I have peace of mind that my affairs are in order."

2018-03-02T16:18:23+00:00
"I do appreciate Barbara's calm, caring and professional approach - it has been a difficult time with my father being so poorly. But I have peace of mind that my affairs are in order."

Mr & Mrs I, York

"No improvement possible! Sarah was extremely pleasant helpful and efficient! Thank you, Sarah and Lucy"
2017-10-12T09:39:20+00:00
"No improvement possible! Sarah was extremely pleasant helpful and efficient! Thank you, Sarah and Lucy"

Mrs B, York

"Barbara is always pleasant, caring and very efficient so no critisism."
2017-11-22T14:40:23+00:00
"Barbara is always pleasant, caring and very efficient so no critisism."