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Wills, Trusts & Tax Planning

Mental Capacity & Court of Protection

At Hay & Kilner we have one of the leading and largest teams in the North East of England providing advice on all aspects of Wills, Trusts & Tax Planning, Probate & Estate Administration and Mental Capacity & Court of Protection issues. Our clients include private individuals, trustees, entrepreneurs, businessmen, professionals, landowners, farmers, charities, high net worth individuals and foreign nationals. All of our private capital lawyers are professionally qualified and experienced in dealing with the technical and sensitive issues involved in these areas of the law.

Independently researched legal guide, Chambers UK praises our team for being ‘solid, pragmatic and dependable’. Group head Kirstin Cook is described as being ‘extremely technical, quick and on the ball’.



We provide expert advice on succession planning and inheritance tax issues to our clients involved in agricultural land and farming or related rural activities. Visit our Agricultural & Rural service page for further information.

Six of our private capital lawyers are members of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). STEP members help families plan their long term financial future, facilitating good stewardship and financial planning across future generations. STEP members also help families comply with the often complex tax rules surrounding trusts, estates and inheritance.

Alice Clewes, Associate Solicitor in our Private Capital team, is also dual qualified as a chartered tax adviser.

  • "We now know that writing a Will can be very complicated and requires an expert understanding of the law in order to have your wishes met. Hay & Kilner provided this service to us."

    - Client of Hay & Kilner

  • "Alison Hall excels in her advice on tax and trusts."

    - Legal 500

  • "We have been dealing with Hay & Kilner for many years and have always received excellent service and advice. We always make Hay & Kilner our first stop for our legal needs."

    - Clients of Hay & Kilner

  • "Clients highly value Kirstin Cook's "supportive and empathetic advice" on all private client matters, which she combines with "excellent personal skills - she is very easy to get on with." The firm assists a sizeable client base of high net worth individuals and local professionals, including bankers and accountants, with wills, estate planning, trusts, probate and Court of Protection work. As well as acting for local clients, the group has the resources to handle work with an international dimension and regularly acts for clients as far afield as the USA and Belgium."

    - Chambers Guide

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