Are you looking for a solicitor in North Devon?

Abbie Kingdon

There are several firms of solicitors in North Devon, but which should you choose? There are firms who have particular specialisms and areas of expertise, who can help you with your specific legal needs. 

At Samuels Solicitors, with our main office in Barnstaple, we have solicitors with a variety of specialisms who can help you with a wide range of legal issues that you or your family might have. In this article we have focussed on three niche areas of our practice, making wills, professional negligence disputes, and disputes about wills and inheritance. 

Do you need to write a new will, or update your existing will?

If you haven't got a will yet, or if you think your will might be out of date, then we can help. We have an expert team of lawyers with many years of experience in preparing and updating wills. 

Abbie Kingdon, the head of our private client department, is highly qualified and experienced solicitor, who has completed the highest level of qualifications possible with the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. 

Our fees for writing your will are reasonable and will be agreed with you in advance. 

If you are worried that your will needs updating, we will check it for you for free. 

Has another solicitor let you down?

We have a particular specialism in dealing with claims against solicitors who have let their clients down. Solicitors can make a wide range of mistakes that can cause you loss, including:

  • missing limitation or court dates;
  • failing to advise you about ground rent increases on leasehold properties;
  • failing to give you proper advice about how to progress your litigation matter;
  • not dealing with costs properly;
  • making mistakes with the conveyancing of your property;
  • advising you to settle your claim for too little; and
  • failing to provide proper instructions to a barrister. 

If you think you have a claim for professional negligence against a solicitor, we can help you. 

Do you have a dispute about a will or your inheritance?

It can be extremely distressing if you are left out of the will of a family member, or if you do not receive the inheritance you have been expecting. 

There are several reasons why this type of dispute can happen:

  • Promises are made that working in the family business means you will inherit it, but this promise is not fulfilled - this can often happen with farming businesses;
  • If an elderly person is vulnerable, they can be persuaded to change their will to favour one person over another;
  • Someone may have completed a home made will, or a will with an unregulated professional, and the terms are not clear;
  • A second marriage may mean the new spouse inherits the estate, rather than the children of the first marriage, if the will is not updated;
  • There can be questions about whether the person making the will had capacity, particularly where that person goes on to develop dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

If you want to challenge a will, we can help. 

If you have any legal needs, contact us to find out how we can help.