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We offer fixed fees for Wills, Probates, and Lasting Powers of Attorney. Please enquire for details.

It is estimated that over 31 million adults in the UK do not have a Will. This means that these people run the risk of dying intestate ("which is the legal term to describe what happens when someone does not have a will") and having their estate distributed in accordance with the strict intestacy rules, which can be of particular issue for co-habiting couples, separated but not divorced couples and those with step children. Without having a Will in place, you run the risk of your estate being inherited by people you would not choose to inherit.

Unfortunately, we just do not know what is round the corner, which is why time really is of the essence when it comes to putting a Will in place and it is vital that you receive legal advice tailored to your situation.

This is where McKeag & Co can help. We provide a comprehensive, tailored Will service, that will leave you feeling confident and comfortable that your wishes will be followed after your death, no matter how complex your circumstances.

Here at McKeag & Co we make sure the process is as simple and as smooth as can be for both you and your executors after you have passed.

We have put together a list of 7 reasons as to why you should make a Will:

  1. It gives you the choice of who inherits your estate.

  2. It is less expensive to administer your estate if you have a Will in place.

  3. Having a Will in place makes it a lot easier for your loved ones after you have passed.

  4. You can appoint someone to be the guardian of your children should you pass away whilst they are minors.

  5. You can provide for vulnerable people and avoid affecting any benefits they receive.

  6. You can protect against Care Home Fees.

  7. We can make provisions to try to mitigate the risk of your Will being contested.


 Book a free, no obligation advice appointment today by calling 0191 213 1010 and speaking to a member of our Wills & Probate team.

Our Wills & Probate department covers all aspects of preparing wills and dealing with a person’s assets after they have died. We also give advice on bringing claims against an estate and on defending an estate against such claims.


We deal with the Court of Protection and the Office of the Public Guardian, in work that includes Powers of Attorney, Deputyship orders and Statutory Wills.

We all know the importance of making a Will and it is all too easy to put off.


Making a Will has at last been made simple. We offer a complete service in Will drafting as well as assistance with probate and inheritance tax matters.


At all times we seek to provide:

  • Efficient and courteous service – we can visit you at home if you live locally, or take your instructions over the telephone.

  • A Will made in quick and easy steps – same day service can usually be provided for urgent cases. We do all of the work for you.

  • A Will tailor-made for you, drafted to meet your own circumstances.

  • Complete peace of mind that everything has been covered.

 Book a free, no obligation advice appointment today by calling 0191 213 1010 and speaking to a member of our Wills & Probate team.


Alternatively please use the contact form

Lucy Girdlestone


Lucy is a Solicitor in our Wills & Probate Department and specialises in Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney. She obtained her law degree at Newcastle University and was admitted as a solicitor in 2008, having first joined the firm in 2004. Lucy has a strong focus on client care and is committed to applying her knowledge and expertise to give clients a high quality, friendly and personalised service through our Right Will service.

Donna Ratcliffe


Donna has over 13 years’ experience in private client work and is now specialising in Probate. Donna first joined McKeag & Co. in 2012 having previously worked for several local law firms. She formerly worked as an Advocate and a Paralegal where she also gained experience in Clinical Negligence, Mental Health, Elderly Client, Civil Litigation and Conveyancing. She completed her training contract and qualified as a Solicitor with our firm in January 2015.


Your Will

Between 50% and 65% of people in England and Wales die without any Will or with a faulty will (usually homemade). As a result they leave their loved ones with what may be unnecessary, complicated, and expensive problems, at the time when they are least able to deal with them.

Help After Somebody Dies

Personal representatives are the people named in the Will to act as the Executors, or the “next of kin” of somebody who has left no Will. Being a personal representative has heavy responsibilities and can be legally difficult. This is quite apart from the fact that after the loss of someone close to you, dealing with these matters may prove personally distressing.

Lasting Powers of Attorney

Have you considered who would manage your affairs if you became physically or mentally incapable of handling things yourself?

Many people have had the foresight and wisdom to ask us, as Solicitors, to prepare a Lasting Power of Attorney in order to minimise the problems should the situation arise. Many people think that it is only necessary to consider creating a Power of attorney if they are old but that is not the case, illness or injury can strike at any time and it is sensible to create a Power of Attorney when you are fit and active so that it can take effect if you were unfortunately physically or mentally incapable of looking after your affairs. The Power of Attorney would only become exercisable if you were incapable and it is too late to wait until you are unable to manage your affairs to create one. This is why we recommend a lasting Power of Attorney to everyone.

Benefits of Instructing Us to Manage a Relatives Administration


If you and your family are in a position where you have unfortunately lost a loved one, you may ask yourself whether you need to instruct a Solicitor.