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Wills Trusts & Probate

Luke Taylor (Head of Department) is the only TEP qualified individual in the local area, and our team is the only one locally to have been granted the Law Society quality mark for Wills and Estates.  Rest assured, your affairs are in safe hands!


Making a Will

Each Will we prepare is tailor-made for every client, taking into consideration his or her personal financial circumstances, family and commitments and the possible incidence of taxation and in particular Inheritance tax.

Woodford Stauffer provides full support and advice for the preparation and administration of wills. If you would like to find out more about our Wills service simply call us today 01252 375 376, download the Wills submission form and return it by post, or email us and we will respond as soon as possible.



After a death, it is important to those who are left behind that the estate is administered with sympathy as well as efficiency. Administration involves obtaining valuations of all assets of the estate, agreeing the tax liability, applying for the grant of probate and then with the benefit of that grant gathering in the assets of the estate and administering them according to the will or according to the law as the case may be.


Lasting Power of Attorney

If we become incapable of managing our own financial and legal affairs through dementia, mental illness, physical illness or severe accident we would have no opportunity to make our wishes clear. Steps would have to be taken to have the Court of Protection, a government agency, manage our affairs for us. We can avoid this by taking early action now by organising a Lasting Power of Attorney whereby we legally appoint another person to act for us. More info Where the Court of Protection has to step in, we can assist you.



A trust is a separate legal body that owns assets for the benefit of the beneficiaries of the trust.  A trust is controlled and managed by the Trustees and several legal duties arise from taking up such a role.

If you wish to set up a trust, the decision as to what type of trust is best for you should only be made after detailed consideration of your aims, your family’s financial and other circumstances, and the current tax laws. We can help you with all these elements.

Contact the Wills, Trusts & Probate department

Luke Taylor

Salaried Partner, Solicitor TEP

t: 01252 550 428
f: 01252 512 125

Emma Warner

Wills and Probate Executive

t: 01252 550 436
f: 01252 512 125

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Testimonials for the last 3 months

What people say about the Wills Trusts & Probate department

  • Special mention "Luke Taylor, friendly and welcoming" - S474/4 (entered: 21 June 2017)


  • "Emma Warner was very sensitive regarding the latest matter" - R1905/1 (entered: 21 June 2017)


  • Special mention "Luke Taylor for his shrewd and thoughtful handling of all aspects of my concern... In my case, it has been reassuring to work with a Solicitor who has an accurate understanding of my life commitments and beliefs, and family loyalties" - F936/3 (entered: 21 June 2017)


  • "An excellent and courteous service at all times" - R1899/1 (entered: 21 June 2017)