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Wills and Probate Solicitors in Carlisle, Cumbria & Northumberland

Wills and Powers of Attorney are vitally important legal documents and a fundamental part of any estate plan. A will (last will and testament), is a legal document which allows you to determine who will inherit your assets when you pass and ensures they are dealt with in the way you would choose. If you do not make a will, the state determines who inherits your assets – this may not be who you or your family want. Therefore, making a will is a vitally important procedure offering peace of mind to all parties.


Probate is the legal process whereby a last will and testament is proved in court and accepted as valid and the true last will and testament of the deceased. If you are an executor on someone’s will, you may have to apply for probate. This then gives you the authority to share out a person’s assets as detailed in their will.

How we can help

No-one has more experience with wills and estate administration than our team here at Cartmell Shepherd – so you can rely on us to put everything in place to ensure that your wishes are carried out without problems, hold-ups or disputes. We take great pride in providing an expert personal service, offering sympathetic advice and guidance to guarantee that matters are handled exactly as you would want them to be. We are also specialists in the world of trusts and the law as it affects elderly people.

Areas of Wills, Probate & Inheritance that our expertise covers include:

  • Drawing up & amending wills
  • Tax & estate planning
  • Probate & estate administration
  • Trust formation & administration
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Court of Protection work
  • Safeguarding assets
  • Probate disputes – see our separate website here

We have a specialist Will Dispute Team consisting of four solicitors. For more details please see our separate site:

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