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Probate & Estate Administration

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 Probate & Estate Administration, Wills, Trusts & Tax Planning 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 & Partners praises our team for being ‘solid, pragmatic and dependable’. 



Three 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, Partner in our Private Capital team, is also dual qualified as a chartered tax adviser.

  • "Alison Hall 'retains the interest of clients at the heart of what she does'. She advises on the administration of Wills, probate matters and inheritance tax planning."

    - Chambers Guide

  • "I have been a client of Hay & Kilner for many years. They have been unfailingly efficient, helpful and courteous."

    - Client of Hay & Kilner

  • "We have been happy with their depth and breadth of knowledge as well as their ability to understand where other professionals are coming from."

    - Chambers Guide

  • "Their performance has been very impressive. What I like most is that their advice is down to earth and practical."

    - Chambers Guide

  • "Hay & Kilner is ‘prompt, knowledgeable and approachable’. The firm provides wealth and tax planning advice, as well as advising agricultural and landed estate clients on IHT planning, succession, wills and trusts, and has seen an increase in Court of Protection work. Alison Hall is ‘very competent’."

    - Legal 500

  • "Hay & Kilner provides tax, corporate and commercial advice to clients, and has particular expertise in the surrender of Agricultural Holdings Act tenancies and the granting of farm business tenancies. Alison Hall leads the team."

    - Legal 500

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