New head of Residential Conveyancing
By Timothy Wilton 24/08/2022

The Partners are pleased to announce that from 9th August 2022 our new head of Residential Conveyancing is Victoria Towell Print Friendly

Wills lockdown service
By Timothy Wilton 03/04/2020

The country may be on lockdown. But we are not. Our established key worker wills team are still here to help. Whilst there are many reasons people will often delay putting their affairs in order the importance of making it a priority cannot be overstated. Wills Our will writing team are still able to take […]

Land Registry and Property Alert Service
By Timothy Wilton 03/04/2019

Why not sign up to HM Land Registry’s free Property Alert Service to help protect your property from fraud? If a property is registered land at HM Land Registry you can:- • Monitor it. • Monitor a relative’s property (you do not have to own to set up an alert). • Monitor up to 10 […]

Recognition for local law Firm
By Timothy Wilton 30/08/2018

Hartley & Worstenholme solicitors of Pontefract and Castleford have been shortlistedfor an award for ‘Small Conveyancing Firm’ of the year.  Victoria Davis, who heads up the online conveyancing department said, “Online conveyancing is very fast moving, high pressure and demanding – you can’t afford to take your eye off the ball.  We have grown the team […]

Supreme court decision: a step closer to a no fault divorce?
By Timothy Wilton 26/07/2018

A recent Supreme Court decision has applied pressure to Parliament to consider the state of divorce law in England and Wales. The current law requires proof that the marriage has broken down irretrievably in order to obtain a divorce. You may divorce someone on the basis of their behaviour or adultery, but under current rules, […]

Local Law firm recognition for specialist services
By Timothy Wilton 21/12/2017

Jonathan Sharp, Managing Partner, and Mandy Arkell, Chartered Legal Executive Advocate, at the local law firm Hartley & Worstenholme, based in Pontefract and Castleford have recently gained specialist qualifications respectively as a Notary and Children Panel Member. Jonathan, a commercial property solicitor, is now one of around 850 Notaries in England and Wales to be […]

Martin House Children’s Hospice – Make A Will Month
By Timothy Wilton 13/04/2016

The Castleford office of Hartley & Worstenholme are please to announce that they are participating in the Martin House Children’s Hospice “make a will month” in May 2016. This gives you the opportunity to have a will written at the discounted price of £60 for a basic single will or £110 for basic mirror wills. […]

Legal Aid restrictions marginally loosened
By Timothy Wilton 11/09/2015

As many people are aware, in 2013 the possibility of obtaining Legal Aid to help in a dispute relating to divorce or children was severely restricted by the Legal Aid,  Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012. This placed a requirement that in order for a person to receive Legal Aid (public funding) they would […]

HSBC ends probate service
By Timothy Wilton

You will no longer be able to bank on your Bank to sort things out after your death HSBC, formerly known as the Midland Bank, have taken the decision to stop offering a probate service. If you have appointed HSBC or the Midland to act as your executor, they will no longer undertake this role […]

The recent budget and inheritance tax
By Margaret Andrews 10/04/2015

The recent budget scarcely mentioned inheritance tax,  which is hardly surprising in light of the coalition agreement not to raise the threshold until after the forthcoming election. The government did, however, resurrect the proposal to abolish deeds of variation, a plan abandoned last century in light of strong opposition from many, including the Law Society. […]