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Wills & Probate

No one likes to think that the government will take a substantial proportion of their hard-earned assets when they would have preferred them to go to a loved one or a favourite charity. It is important that young children should have the right guardian to see them safely to adulthood, and that in your later years you will have some say over the way you are cared for.

At Poole Alcock, we understand that it is difficult to focus on life’s unhappy events and we also know that you want to stay in control of your life, and so you need to plan ahead. Whatever stage of life you have reached, careful planning can ensure that your wishes will be respected, that any inheritance is handled as tax efficiently as possible, that provision will be made for the care and funding of less able dependents, and that your assets are less likely to be depleted by the costs of long term care.

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Providing You With Expert Advice and Support.

The Poole Alcock team includes members of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and Solicitors for the Elderly who are able to advise on the most complex planning matters.

Contact us at any one of our offices in Cheshire and you will speak to a solicitor who wants to meet you in person, who knows your area, where your home or land is and what makes it special. We will get to know you and your wishes and help you to plan for the best outcome from life’s challenges.

If you would find it difficult to attend our offices we would be happy to come out to see you at home, in hospital or at a care home. We offer out of hours appointments to suit those with a busy working schedule.

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What our clients say

  • Dear Scott,

    I just wanted to write to you to say thank you for the fantastic service that you and your team have provided so far with HR Assist. I think the product is fantastic and couldn’t be without it.
    I didn’t think that Owl Projects needed a service like HR Assist, until I had cause to call you for advice on an employment law matter. It was that conversation that triggered my interest in taking up HR Assist and I am so glad we did! I didn’t realise how exposed we were to having a claim made against us. I now have peace of mind knowing that all of our HR needs are taken care of and that all of our contracts, handbooks, documents and processes are kept up to date by specialist solicitors.

    I would heavily recommend Poole Alcock and HR Assist to any business. It’s scary how quickly the law changes and things become out of date. I didn’t understand how massive the area of HR is. I don’t have to worry about that anymore.

    Thanks again!

    Miss Alison Kershaw – Contracts Manager, Owl Projects
  • I would just like to personally drop you a line to thank you for your considerable personal and professional effort today, I am well aware that its your job, however when I spoke to Scott before he assured me without reservation that you were the man for the job, he was absolutely correct, I would have no hesitation in recommending your services to anyone who may be in as an unfortunate situation that we were today.

    Mr F. – Cheshire
  • Thank you for your hard work in reaching a settlement in the claim following the death of my late husband. The final sum far exceeded what I’d imagined it would be.

    Again my thanks.

    Mr E L
  • I used the conveyancing services of Poole Alcock to deal with my house sale and subsequent related purchase in July 2017.

     

    Sarah Hooper at the Alsager branch was my main point of contact, she is delightful to deal with; friendly, professional, with excellent customer service skills. She was proactive, in regular contact, and just generally wonderful at reassuring me and keeping me informed. Even better, when Sarah was unavailable to speak to, the rest of her team were also excellent, and always knew what was going on with my transactions. Having had an absolute nightmare when we last went through property sale and purchase 6 years previously (using a different firm), it was totally refreshing to have such a positive experience this time around.

     

    Highly recommend.

    Cate Walter
  • “I just wanted to say thank you. As frustrating as this whole thing was for me, on the occasions when I could have and would have felt very vulnerable and way out of my comfort zone, you brought the situation back to being very relaxed and “human”. I really appreciate that, I doubt I could have had that experience on a court day with many solicitors, and I honestly left the court hearing on both occasions pleased it was you at my side. Thanks Amie, I’ll be back in touch if I need to, but for now I hope all is good with you.”

    SG, Cheshire
  • Poole Alcock delivered exceptional support through a complex due diligence exercise involving several limited companies, leasehold and freehold properties.

    Their professionalism, breadth and depth of expertise was key in concluding the sales transaction. A huge thank you, it was a pleasure working with the team.

    Maria Bradbury
  • “I cannot praise Poole Alcock highly enough for the work they have completed for us. The Academy conversion has gone extremely smoothly largely because of the excellent service we received from Sarah Jarrett who handled our conversion. Sarah kept us informed every step of the way; dealing with the Local Authority and the Department for Education. Headteachers rarely go through this process twice so it was hugely comforting to have the support of such an experienced and competent legal partner.”

     

    Linda Davis, Headteacher, Wistaston Green Primary & Nursery School (Now Wistaston Green Academy)
  • To Vicky,

    Thank you for all the hard work you have done for me.

     

    Mrs D
  • Our relationship with Poole Alcock is an important one to St Luke’s Hospice for a few different reasons. For one Poole Alcock and staff have been supportive of St Luke’s as a local charity. Great efforts have been made both Corporately and by the team at Poole Alcock to raise much needed funds for us to care for the people of Mid and South Cheshire.Just as important to us is the support we have received professionally. We have used Poole Alcock’s legal services to minimise our risk and to help grow our business arm. The staff we have dealt with have been fantastic. We have always been dealt with courteously, professionally and with respect, and an understanding that the law can be complex for non-professionals to understand.This professionalism is underpinned by excellent knowledge and coupled together we are left feeling both supported and secure as an organisation….which means we can get on with what we are really here for, supporting and caring for our patients and their families.

    St Luke’s Hospice
  • To Stacey & Lisa,

    May we take this opportunity to thank you both very much for all the hard work you have done to help us with our house move.
    We know it’s not been easy a times but we made it in the end.
    Kind regards,

    M&J
  • Hi Tim,

    This is just a quick note to thank you very much for all your help on Friday 16th at Crewe Magistrates Court.

    You understood my exact situation perfectly and communicated this very effectively to the court. You were a great comfort to me in unfamiliar circumstances.

    Thank you very much again and you are correct – things are looking up once more!

    Mr. C Miller
  • The unexpected experience of a H&S Executive prosecution was facing my company and this proved to extend over a period of several months because of the slow process. I instructed Poole Alcock to handle the matter on behalf of the company and I found Dan Brooks, the Partner who heads up Criminal Litigation, to be extremely supportive and responsive from initial enquiry and instruction through to the hearing and thereafter. The process did prove to be stressful but Poole Alcock walked us through each stage and ensured that it went as smoothly as possible. I was specifically grateful for Dan’s advice on the day of the trial. Their advice proved to be accurate and their recommendations were offered sympathetically and in a measured way.

    I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending the services of Poole Alcock to any company facing similar circumstances.

    Mr P – Director of leading Cheshire building company
  • I am pleased to submit this testimonial relating to the service provided by Nichola Armstrong of Poole Alcock Solicitors on my behalf relating to the sale of a commercial property in Congleton, Cheshire.

    What started out a a straight forward transaction soon altered  as a number of awkward and time consuming problems caused by the purchaser developed with additional parties becoming involved. Much of this work was carried out whilst I was residing in France.

    Throughout the transaction Nichola acted in the most professional manner, keeping me informed and offering advice and guidance at all times. This resulted a successful completion of the sale.

    I have no hesitation in recommending Nichola to anyone looking for an outstanding professional  to act for them in any situation

    Yours sincerely

    R. Fox
  • Andrew,

    On behalf of myself and family, we would like to thank you, and everyone concerned, for the successful conclusion of our claim. It was a long road that seemed to have no end, but you never gave up, so to you Andrew and everyone at Poole Alcock LLP, we wish you all the best in the future and may the company prosper in the coming years as it surely deserves to for your dedication to your client.

    Mr A B
  • Thanks James, I wish you the best of luck in the next stage of your training. The service that you have provided has been excellent and far superior to other solicitors that I have used it the past. Should you require any supporting evidence for your portfolio I would be happy to write a more detailed account of this.

    Mr L
  • “Thank you Andrew thanks for all your hard work and the team we really appreciate it.”

    Mrs. C
  • Could you please pass my thanks to Richard for being so helpful, informative and generous with his time.

    He gave me  a really clear picture of all the options and  processes involved. His  informal advice was also really invaluable – such a  refreshing experience compared to poor information and advice I had been given elsewhere. From the moment I walked in the door everything lived up to your website.

    Thanks again

    Mr R
  • I would like to thank you for the service that you and the team at Poole Alcock continue to provide to me and my clients. I recommended your HR Assist service to a long standing large client, over twelve months ago and they have been very impressed with the service and have renewed for their second year.

    There are many HR/Employment law providers in the market place. The HR Assist product is very competitively priced and the service and advice from the employment law solicitors is of the highest standard.

    I would not hesitate in continuing to recommend you and your team to friends, family and clients in the future.

    Paul Edwards – Director of Afford Bond
  • Super fast and helpful! Gill was great and got us in the property before X-Mas which was amazing, how she managed to do this in 3-4 weeks is beyond me…. absolutely outstanding! highly recommended!!

    Mrs A F
  • Special thanks to Sarah Jarrett and Scott Harding from Poole Alcock who provided us with legal assistance for a management buyout and HR assistance for our business.  We have been delighted with the levels of service, advice, friendliness and positive approach from Sarah and Scott, as well as all the support staff at Poole Alcock.  All aspects were dealt with in a personable but meticulous and professional manner with plain English explanations which was very much appreciated.  We would highly recommend Poole Alcock Solicitors to other businesses and individuals that are considering instructing legal services.  Thanks again for all your help and continued support.

    Martin Jones – Director, Practicon Limited.
  • We asked Sarah Jarrett of Poole Alcock Solicitors to assist us in purchasing a small accountancy practice to merge into our own business.

     

    Sarah talked us through all of the legalities of doing this, drafted a thorough contract for approval by all parties and always kept us informed throughout this complicated procedure.

     

    She liaised with the vendors solicitors continually and helped us all to negotiate the finer points of the company purchase.

     

    Although sadly the vendor eventually pulled out of the deal we received very good service during the process and would have no hesitation to use Poole Alcock again when the need arises.

    Janet Clarke
  • I just wanted to thank you for the way your solicitor, Stuart Flood defended my cousin at Crewe Magistrates Courts recently.

    Stuart did a tremendous job of keeping the case at the Magistrates Courts and in getting the best possible outcome we could have ever hoped for. All concerned were mightily impressed at his skill & professionalism. Stuart and the Probation Officer were a formidable team.

    Thank you once again from all the family. One never knows whats is around the corner but with respect, hopefully we won’t be in need of your defence services again, however, if we do we will know where to come.

    Mr N
  • We consider Poole Alcock to be an invaluable business partner. Luke and the team took the time to truly understand our business and have tailored a package exactly to our needs. With Business Assist we have the reassurance that we can receive speedy, professional, commercial legal support at any time, across a range of requirements. We have saved both time and money using the service, which has benefitted us hugely during a period of sustained growth.

    Sam Gadsby – Clicky Media

Meet our Wills & Probate Team

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    Charles Smalley

    Partner - Head of Wills & Probate

    Call me on: 01270 625478

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    Claire Louise Ellis

    Partner - Wills & Probate

    Call me on: 01270 876550 / 01260 275337

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    Danielle Roberts

    Solicitor - Wills & Probate

    Call me on: 01260 288373

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    Kelley Underwood

    Solicitor - Wills & Probate

    Call me on: 01270 527048

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    Verity McKay

    Solicitor - Wills & Probate

    Call me on: 01270 653177

    Why Choose Us?

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    • We specialise in all areas of law. We offer a modern service with traditional values, giving you the complete legal service whenever you need us.
    • We have over 125 years experience, providing legal services for both businesses and private individuals.
    • We are Committed to Excellence.
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