Wills, trusts and probate

Hugh James has a large and experienced wills, trusts and probate team who specialise in all matters relating to writing a will and probate, contested wills, trusts and estates, lasting powers of attorney, trusts and deeds of variation.

Working nationwide, our specialist wills and probate solicitors offer straightforward and practical advice with sensitivity and care.

We work with each client to provide the highest level of advice. Our team of wills and probate solicitors ensure the best provisions are made for you and your family for now and in the future.

We regularly act for private individuals, commercial organisations, financial service sector businesses and charities advising on issues relation to:

  • wills; discretionary trust wills, UPE interest wills, disabled beneficiary wills and statutory wills;
  • creation of trusts; lifetime, post death, personal injury trusts and beneficiary trusts;
  • administration of trusts;
  • powers of attorney; preparation and registration;
  • estate administration; including variation of wills;
  • long term care planning;
  • wealth preservation; capital gains and inheritance tax planning;
  • contentious probate; trust matters and cross jurisdictional problems;
  • Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 claims;
  • will and trust construction and rectification claims;
  • Court of Protection deputyships; and
  • creation and administration of charities.

Testimonials

Hugh James ‘punches above its weight’ and houses sub-teams specialising in various private client matters. Alun Jones heads the department, and acts for financial clients such as NatWest and Coutts. Eleanor Evans, Sarah Cash and Andrew Jones are also recommended. Gareth Wisdom specialises in volume work for high street banks and building societies.
The Legal 500 2015

Renowned contentious probate and estate team with equally respected experience of non-contentious work. Tax planning and cross-border estate administration to clients including wealthy individuals and financial institutions.

Clients say: “They have excellent personalised client service and provide thorough, specialised legal expertise. They set the benchmark for excellence.”

Managing partner Alun Jones concentrates his practice on private client matters for bank clients and is highly regarded in the area.
Chambers UK 2014

Hugh James, with Alun Jones at the helm, has achieved a significant increase in instructions. It advises on a diversity of high-value estates and trusts, and enjoys panel appointments with a number of high street lenders, and with Just Wills. Lisa Morgan’s nursing care team is ‘second to none’.
Legal 500 2013

This group is best known for its handling of contentious estates and probate, a focus that sets it apart from many other private client practices outside of London. It also has the capacity to advise on non-contentious estate, probate and tax planning matters, and there has been a noted uptick in the team’s high-value cross-border work. A source states it is “innovative and flexible to the demands of customers” and “very willing to get involved.” Interviewees consider Alun Jones to be “a leader” and “extremely responsive.” Matthew Evans is generating enthusiasm for his contentious trusts, estate and probate work. A source notes that he has “really unique capabilities.”
Chambers UK 2013

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114 - 116 St. Mary Street
Cardiff, CF10 1DY
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