Raworths LLP
Trusts, Wills & Estates Trusts, Wills & Estates

Trusts, Wills & Estates


We act for businesses as well as the people who create, own and invest in them, building long term relationships with our clients to understand the unique challenges and opportunities they face. Our depth of experience and knowledge is focussed on providing practical advice designed to meet all our clients’ business needs.

Individuals & Families

We understand how important your case is, our experienced teams are on hand to provide practical and effective legal advice. With one of the largest teams of lawyers in North Yorkshire we work for wealthy individuals and their families, trusts and family businesses - your needs are at the heart of what we do.


Our Commercial, Residential and Agricultural Property teams have the expertise to help you deal with the opportunities and challenges of the freehold and leasehold real estate market. We have substantial depth of experience of the property world and its demands which gives us the crucial ability to help you achieve your aims.

Resolving Disputes

Disputes are an unavoidable fact of life, but when they happen it is essential to find a quick, effective and practical solution to the situation. Whether your issues are commercial or business related, family or personal, we have the depth of experience, imagination and expertise to help you solve your problems.

Rachel Tunnicliffe

Head of Trusts, Wills and Estates

Peter Greswold


Caroline Hedges


Kate Maybury

Senior Associate

Sam Jenner

Senior Associate

Edward Taylor


Alison Walker

Senior Associate

Katie Watts


Ryan Carter


Jessica Toller


Charlotte Newman


Catherine Wyllie


Karin Hildred


Our Trusts, Wills and Estates team is one of the largest in Yorkshire, with a wealth of experience in all aspects of private client work. We act for a broad range of clients from across the region and the UK.  We are able to assist clients with complex affairs, including advising on business and agricultural assets, foreign assets, and charitable trusts.  Members of our team regularly act as trustees, attorneys and executors.

The team is recognised in the Legal 500 UK 2019 guide and Chambers High Net Worth 2018 guide.

All solicitors in our team are members of the Society for Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), or are working towards STEP qualification.


We advise on the creation, administration and winding up of a wide variety of private trusts.

We work closely with trustees, beneficiaries, investment managers and other advisers to ensure that trusts are managed in the most appropriate and tax-efficient manner . Members of our team act as trustees for a number of large family trusts.

We can also set up and advise on charitable trusts.


We advise on, and prepare, Wills for a range of different clients, and can advise on the Will best suited to your own unique financial and family circumstances. Our Wills range from ‘straightforward’ documents to more complex Wills with inheritance tax-planning elements for clients with business, agricultural and international assets. We are experienced in providing advice on potentially sensitive family situations, including on the best way to structure a Will following divorce and remarriage.

Powers of Attorney and mental capacity

A LPA allows you to appoint Attorney(s) to make decisions on your behalf if you are unable to do so yourself.

We can advise on and prepare LPAs for:

  • Property and finance matters
  • Health and personal welfare matters

We advise on the use of LPAs, what an Attorney can and cannot do and we can help Attorneys manage financial affairs.

We can advise on and prepare applications for registration of LPAs and also their predecessor Enduring Powers of Attorney.

LPAs should be part of your financial and personal planning but are particularly relevant for those in advancing years, for business owners or those with property and/or financial interests.

We are also able to advise on, and make, applications to the Court of Protection for the appointment of a Deputy where a loved one becomes unable to manage their own finances without having put an LPA or EPA in place. We also regularly assist Court-appointed Deputies in carrying out their role.

Estate administration/probate

The death of a loved one is a difficult time and we can offer you peace of mind that the administration of the estate will be dealt with promptly and sensitively by an experienced team.  We offer a comprehensive range of services for families following a death.

We will guide you through the legal processes, whether or not there is a Will, and can manage the day-to-day management to inheritance tax advice and post-death variations.  We will:

  • collect the information, prepare the papers and apply for the grant of representation (also called a grant of probate where the deceased left a Will)
  • advise you on the inheritance tax position, including reliefs that might be available
  • collect in the assets of the estate
  • pay any outstanding liabilities and any legacies
  • distribute the residuary estate to beneficiaries

We also offer inheritance tax planning advice for estates and/or their related trusts, including post-death variations. We are able to advise on estates with cross-border elements and foreign assets as well as UK estates.

If you would like further information, please contact our Trusts, Wills and Estates team (see team details above).

For information on our charges for uncontested UK probate work please click here.