Our wills probate and trusts team are professional, experienced, friendly and approachable – just what you need to assist you to deal with the uncertainties and certainties of life. We can help with:

  • Wills & Living Wills – including inheritance tax advice and tax efficient wills.
  • Probate – dealing with the affairs of some-one who has died, whether or not they left a will, including disputed estates.
  • Powers of Attorney – giving some-one else the power to deal with your financial affairs or setting out your wishes for medical treatment for a time when you are not able to make these clear yourself.
  • Court of Protection – dealing with the affairs of those who are vulnerable due to mental incapacity or youth.
  • Trusts and tax planning – for your benefit or that of your family.

We’re used to finding solutions, whether the problem is an ailing parent, an improvident spouse, a handicapped child, a fractured family or reducing or avoiding liability for inheritance tax or capital gains tax.

Our People

Claire Cutts
Claire Cutts
Partner and Departmental Head – Wills, Probate & Trusts
Castleford Office

Claire qualified as a solicitor in February 2011 and joined Hartley & Worstenholme in 2016. Claire deals with all aspects of Wills, Probate, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection. Claire is a full member of the Society for Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) having completed the STEP Diploma in Will Preparation – England and Wales. Claire’s marks in the STEP Advance Certificate in Will Preparation exam earned her the STEP Advanced Certificate in Will Preparation Student of the Year Award in 2014. Claire is also a fully accredited member of the Society for the Elderly (SFE) which means she is able to act for elderly clients with a deeper and sensitive understanding of the particular challenges that face people in their later years.


Tim Wilton
Pontefract Office
Tim has been with Hartley & Worstenholme as a paralegal, a trainee solicitor, solicitor and became a Partner in 2018.
He deals with all aspects or private client work including wills, trusts and powers of attorney.
Tim also works in our family department and can assist with matters relating to divorce, domestic abuse and children.