At Butcher & Barlow we understand the importance of planning for the future.  Research shows that more than two thirds of people in the UK do not have a Will in place.  For many people, making sure that they have a Will in place can be overlooked or even considered unnecessary.  However, the consequences of passing away without a Will can often make an already difficult time for your loved ones further complicated as they are left without clear instructions of your wishes.

The Private Client team here at Butcher & Barlow are able to provide expert advice in order to ensure peace of mind whatever your circumstances.

Whether your affairs are straightforward or require a more detailed analysis of business interests, general succession planning or inheritance tax issues, we will evaluate your circumstances and tailor our advice to your specific needs.  Our aim is to make the process as simple and easy to understand as possible.

The expertise of the Private Client team extends to keeping up to date with all the relevant changes in the law that may be applicable to your individual circumstances. The introduction of the transferable nil rate band in 2007 and the more recent residence nil rate band in April 2017 means that there are now a number of inheritance tax planning considerations.  These need to be considered and examined in order to provide you with a comprehensive service in relation to your financial affairs.

Our team will work closely with your other professional advisors such as accountants or financial advisors to ensure that any advice offered truly meets yours and your family’s needs.

The Private Client Team

Meet our team of Will writing experts.

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Chris Hopkins

Bury - Head Office

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Mike Bracegirdle

Northwich - Gadbrook Park

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Jim Whitaker


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John Hyatt


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Robert Morris


Kevan Hankinson

Kevan Hankinson

Bury - Family Department

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Samuel Dale


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Jessica Shore

Northwich, Northwich - Gadbrook Park

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Emma Delaney

Bury - Head Office

Diane Heron

Diane Heron


What our clients say

If you are considering writing your will and are looking for a traditional firm of family solicitors who provide a first class service, then Butcher & Barlow is the one for you.

Madeline Glancy

I was very pleased with the courteous, helpful and efficient service I received.

We were offered an early appointment to amend our Wills. The advice was helpful and concise. It was all sorted in the shortest time and in a very efficient and friendly manner by Chris Hopkins. Thank you.

We have recently revised our Wills and arranged Powers of Attorney to put our affairs in the best possible route.
The advice and patience shown by Mr Hopkins and his assistant Linda has been superb and most professional.

Very efficient and professional service.

Very satisfied with the service provided by our solicitor Chris Hopkins and very impressed indeed with the polite, professional, considerate and efficient manner offered to my wife and I by Emma Delaney during a visit to your office. An excellent solicitor in the making.

Ms Delaney provided a very efficient, professional and friendly service in the revision of my will. This and the Firm's previous attention to my affairs give me full confidence in Butcher & Barlow's ability to act on my behalf in the future.

Chris Hopkins explained everything in great detail and made it understandable. Thank you.

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