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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.
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.
Katie Winslow is a Solicitor and a Legal 500 (2020) Recommended Lawyer with many years of experience in this specialist field, having practised at a leading national firm of solicitors prior to joining Bell & Buxton. Katie is also a fully accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly.
John and Katie 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.
"No-nonsense, get-it-sorted approach, which is refreshing and effective."
- Legal 500 2017
Very pleased with how we were treated and how easy the process of making a Will is. Also, many thanks for your scheme for St Lukes Hospice. Altogether a very professional service with a human touch. Thank you.
"Katie dealt with things promptly and kept me up to date with what was happening, I felt she cared and was committed to my case."
Prompt, professional service and sound advice.
"Martin was excellent in all our dealings with my mother and her Will and sorting this out for her. Always professional, but very approachable and honest."