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Wills and Probate

Ward Gethin Archer is a long established firm with many years experience in the provision of professional legal advice and assistance. Our private client department constantly strives to maintain its reputation as being client focused. The Wills and Probate department have a high level of expertise and sensitivity.

Wills and Probate

We can never be sure what the future holds but we can each take steps to anticipate and manage life's changes.

Ward Gethin Archer's Wills and Probate lawyers offer a comprehensive service including:

We will provide an emphatic and informative relationship while the legal process unfolds. A lack of information leads to concern and worry so we try to keep you as informed as possible through the process to make sure you know what is happening. Your wishes are our priority.

We can also provide storage of your Will and house Deeds free of charge in our fire proof storage.

Home Visits

Please don't worry if you are unable, or would prefer not, to come to the office to see us. We will be pleased to make a home visit within the Norfolk or Cambridgeshire area to anyone who would like to discuss matters in their own home. Please ask if you would like this service when you make an appointment.

If you require advice, then please contact one of our solicitors below or contact your nearest office who will be more than happy to assist. The contact details for each of our offices can be found by clicking here.

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Cheryl Page

Cheryl Page

Cheryl is a solicitor, Director and Head of the Private Client Department. She advises on wealth management, trusts, probate, wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and elderly client and Court of Protection work and associated tax issues.

She is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) and Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS).

Cheryl has successfully completed the STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes.

She is also a Notary Public.

In her spare time, Cheryl enjoys coarse fishing, gardening and sewing.

Email Cheryl Page 

Telephone Cheryl Page 01553 660033

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

Members of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)Members of The Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS)Members of Solicitors for the ElderlyMembers of The Notaries Society
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Sandra Rawson

Sandra Rawson

Sandra is a Chartered Legal Executive in the Private Client Team, working primarily from our King's Lynn office. She is our longest standing lawyer and specializes in Private Client work with a wealth of experience.

Sandra advises on the making of wills and the administration of estates after someone has died, as well as the making and registering of Lasting Powers of Attorney and the appointment of deputies through the Court of Protection and managing elderly clients financial affairs.

She is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)

In her spare time Sandra enjoys gardening, walking , socializing with friends and supporting her son in his various sporting activities both for his school and local clubs.

Email Sandra Rawson 

Telephone Sandra Rawson 01553 667218

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

Members of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
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Diane Hewitt

Diane Hewitt

Diane is a Chartered Legal Executive in the Private Client Team, working primarily from our Swaffham office. She joined the firm in May 2006, having specialised in Private Client work for 10 years before joining us.

Diane advises on the making of wills and the administration of estates after someone has died, as well as the making and registering of Lasting Powers of Attorney and the appointment of deputies through the Court of Protection. She helps to manage people's financial and property affairs when family are not able to do so.

Diane has recently successfully completed the Society for Trust and Estate Practitioner's Advanced Certificate in Will Preparation (England & Wales) and is now a STEP affiliate.

Diane enjoys gardening, walking and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Email Diane Hewitt 

Telephone Diane Hewitt 01760 727014

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Nicola Firth

Nicola Firth

Nicola is a Private Client Solicitor and Director working primarily at our King's Lynn office. Nicola qualified as a solicitor in March 2012.

Nicola advises on a range of issues including wills and the administration of estates after someone has died, as well as making and registering Lasting Powers of Attorney. She is also able to help with Court of Protection matters, elderly client matters and Inheritance Tax Planning.

When Nicola is not at work, she enjoys all kinds of sports including netball and squash.

Email Nicola Firth 

Telephone Nicola Firth 01553 667212

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Richard Bamford

Richard Bamford

Richard is a solicitor and Consultant in the Ely office. He specialises in Private Client work and flood defence and land drainage matters, but over the years has helped clients with a wide variety of problems.

He is involved with several charities, currently Chairing one of them, in and around Ely, where he has been a city councillor and former Mayor of the city as well as being High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire in 1998.

Email Richard Bamford 

Telephone Richard Bamford 01353 646100

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Desmond Humberston

Desmond Humberston

Desmond is a Director in the Private Client Department, some 25 years a solicitor, with the vast majority of that time spent practicing in Dereham as a Partner with Hood Vores and Allwood specialising in Wills and Tax Planning, Probate, Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection work and Trusts.

He is a member of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners and was, for a number of years, dual qualified as a financial advisor. He has held many appointments over the years as Charitable Trustee, Clerk to the Income Tax Commissioners, Chair of School Governors and Treasurer of the local PCC.

He has always been, and remains, a keen sportsman, running and playing racket sports, squash and badminton regularly and as much golf as proves possible. He also enjoys watching sport, walking, film, theatre and reading and vegetable gardening.

Email Desmond Humberston 

Telephone Desmond Humberston 01362 852908

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

Members of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
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Claire Chapman

Claire Chapman

Claire has been with the firm since 1993. She is an Executive within the Wills and Probate Department based at the Watton Office, and she primarily deals with elderly clients by managing their day to day affairs.

She also advises on the registration of Enduring and Lasting Powers of Attorney as well as the preparing of a Lasting Power. Claire also helps on Court of Protection applications, which are needed when someone loses their mental capacity and there is no Power of Attorney in place, as well as the administration of estates.

Claire's hobbies include gardening, reading and spending time with her family.

Email Claire Chapman 

Telephone Claire Chapman 01953 880804

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Yvonne Causton

Yvonne Causton

Yvonne is a Private Client solicitor at our Watton office. Yvonne studied Law at the University of East Anglia and undertook her Legal Practice Course in Nottingham. She qualified as a solicitor in October 2003.

Yvonne advises on a range of issues including wills and the administration of estates after someone has died, as well as making and registering Lasting Powers of Attorney. She is also able to help with Court of Protection matters, elderly client matters and Inheritance Tax Planning.

Email Yvonne Causton 

Telephone Yvonne Causton 01953 880800

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Rosie Herbert

Rosie Herbert

Rosie is a Chartered Legal Executive in our Private Client Team working in our King's Lynn and Heacham offices.

Rosie qualified and was admitted as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in 2005 following years of legal experience. She is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly.

Rosie advises on and deals with the making of Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Deputyship applications to the Court of Protection, elderly client matters generally including managing financial affairs of a person who can no longer manage their own and dealing with the administration of estates when a person has died.

Email Rosie Herbert 

Telephone Rosie Herbert 01553 660033

Accreditations & Professional Memberships:

Members of Solicitors for the Elderly
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Nicholas Devlin

Nicholas Devlin

Nicholas is a Private Client Solicitor at our Ely office, having joined Ward Gethin Archer at the start of 2016. He grew up and was educated in York. Nicholas read law at the University of Cumbria in Carlisle, completed the Legal Practice Course at Northumbria University in Newcastle and qualified as a Solicitor in 2015.

Specifically, Nicholas can advise you on preparing a Will, pre and post death tax planning, drawing up a Lasting Power of Attorney and administering an estate when someone has died.

Nicholas is a keen musician, having sung as a tenor Lay Clerk at Carlisle Cathedral for four years as well as being a cellist and pianist.

Email Nicholas Devlin 

Telephone Nicholas Devlin 01353 646125

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Jane O'Beirne

Jane O'Beirne

Jane is a Private Client Solicitor at our Ely office, having joined Ward Gethin Archer in January 2016. Jane qualified as a solicitor in 1993 and specialises in Wills, Inheritance Tax Planning, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection work, Probate and estate administration, elderly client matters and Trusts.

As a parent of two young children Jane has very little spare time but looks forward to a time in the future when she can re-engage with her passions for travel, hill walking, cycling and growing vegetables on her allotment.

Email Jane O'Beirne 

Telephone Jane O'Beirne 01353 646104

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Ruth Bailey

Ruth Bailey

Ruth is a Solicitor in our Chatteris office and specialises in wills, estate administration and powers of attorney.

Ruth joined Ward Gethin Archer in August 2016.

On a sunny day Ruth might be found wandering aimlessly around the countryside, rock climbing or riding her motorcycle, otherwise it's a cup of tea and a good book.

Email Ruth Bailey 

Telephone Ruth Bailey 01354 692607

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Kim Neal

Kim Neal

Kim joined the private client team in our Chatteris office in April 2017, at the same time as she qualified as a solicitor.

She advises on a range of issues including wills and the administration of estates, as well as making and registering lasting powers of attorney.

Approachable and understanding, Kim recognises that she is often providing legal support at difficult times for clients, and does so with professionalism and empathy.

She prides herself on delivering a timely service, whilst being honest and realistic with clients throughout about the legal process.

Kim lives locally to Chatteris with her husband and daughter, and her hobbies include yoga and reading.

Email Kim Neal 

Telephone Kim Neal 01354 691811

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James Macwhirter

James Macwhirter

James qualified as a Solicitor in 1999, and joined Ward Gethin Archer in July 2017.

He is a Private Client Solicitor dealing with all aspects of private client work, in particular Wills, Powers of Attorney, the Administration of Estates and Court of Protection matters.

James is approachable and down-to-earth, with the aim of putting clients at ease throughout the legal process.

In his spare time James enjoys coarse fishing, and is an avid music fan.

Email James Macwhirter 

Telephone James Macwhirter 01760 721992

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Amy Macwhirter

Amy Macwhirter

Amy is a Probate Executive in the Private Client Department, and joined WGA in July 2017. She has been doing Private Client work since 2008, working with a law firm local to King's Lynn.

Amy prides herself on her friendly and caring approach towards clients.

In her spare time Amy enjoys reading and gardening.

Email Amy Macwhirter 

Telephone Amy Macwhirter 01553 660033