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Head of Will, Trust & Inheritance Disputes and Associate Solicitor
Bell & Buxton Solicitors is home to a renowned team of specialist solicitors with expertise in representing clients to resolve will, trust and inheritance disputes.
During the new lockdown we will continue to work remotely wherever possible. However, our offices will be open should it be necessary to visit to deliver documents or to see any of our solicitors. Please make sure that you make an appointment for any visit as we need to limit the number of visitors to our offices at any one time and ensure that they and our staff are safe.
Where possible we will arrange virtual meetings by video conference/telephone with our clients and others when appropriate. If you want to talk to one of our solicitors or need legal advice please contact us and we will do all that we can to assist. Please bear with us if it takes a little longer than usual to reply to you.
Anyone visiting us at our offices will need to wear a face covering and follow all the government guidance regarding social distancing.
Bell & Buxton is recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the leading law firms in Yorkshire for our expertise in this niche and often complex area of the law. Our team of ‘genuine contentious trust and probate specialists' is known for its ‘practical and client-friendly approach to each case’ and ‘deservedly strong reputation and good resources’. Our reputation draws clients from all over the country and even internationally.
If problems arise with a will or an estate of someone who has died, or with a trust, we are here to help. Whether you are an executor, trustee or beneficiary, or if you have recently lost a spouse, partner, parent or other relative and need advice about your rights.
We can also help resolve disputes around powers of attorney or alleged financial abuse. Our team is experienced in negotiations and in pursing claims through the Courts to achieve justice.
The team is headed by John Breeze, Associate Solicitor, a Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer (2020) who has been in practise since 2005, and whose accreditations include membership of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) and affiliate membership of the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners. The Legal 500 reports recent testimonials obtained during their research, including: “The team has a wealth of experience and specialism, and is highly regarded” and “John Breeze is professional, knowledgeable, approachable and readily available for his clients. He goes beyond what is required”
Caroline Deathe, a Solicitor who is also recommended by the Legal 500 for her work in the field of contentious trusts and probate.
Caroline joined Bell & Buxton in 2020 with ambitions of growing her specialist practice and will bring excellent connections as the recent Chair of the Leeds Junior Lawyers Division. The Legal 500 recognises Caroline as “an empathetic, pragmatic and driven litigator. She gives good advice and is always aware of the client’s needs and objectives.”
John and Caroline are ably assisted by experienced paralegal Rachel Valentine, who has provided support within the Will, Trust and Inheritance Disputes team for many years.
The success of the team is largely attributed to our ability to offer the kind of experience, expertise and strong contact base that enables us to compete with large national firms, combined with a personal, accessible, one-to-one service that our clients tell us they appreciate, particularly when coping with difficult personal and family circumstances.
It is this winning combination of expertise and a personal, down-to-earth approach that enabled Mary Butler, the founder of the Bell & Buxton team, to gain a national reputation as a leading expert in the field of will, trust and inheritance disputes, over a period of more than 25 years. A winner of several awards, including as the ACTAPS Contentious Solicitor of the Year in 2016, Mary was at the very forefront of practise in this area of the law as it developed, and the team continues to draw inspiration from her success.
"You made the sale of our house painless. You handled everything, every pitfall and problem with first rate efficiency. The whole process left us with no worries at all. A BIG thank you."
"No improvements required - I would use Bell & Buxton again without hesitation. Demelza has been super with very clear advice & quick responses to any query we had."
A visit to a solicitor can be rather a daunting experience but my visit to Bell & Buxton was pleasant and reassuring. Thank you for an excellent service, promptly supplied.
"I have nothing but admiration for Bell & Buxton, they have been very supportive, caring and always ready to listen and help. John Breeze was my rock during a very difficult time, I would not have got through this battle without him, he was my advisor and my friend. Thank you John Breeze and Bell & Buxton."
- Mrs Forster
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