Wills, Trusts and Probate Solicitors in Essex and Suffolk


Planning for your future doesn’t have to be difficult. By instructing our highly regarded Wills, Trusts and Probate Solicitors in Essex and Suffolk you can plan ahead making sure your family is provided for in the future.

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Nicola Weldon

Partner & Head of Private Client

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Michelle Lamm

Michelle Lamm

Partner, Chartered Legal Executive

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Renowned Wills, Trusts and Probate Services

Ellisons is one of the oldest firms in the region and has developed a large client following as a result of both longevity and quality of service. Our thriving Private Client team can take the stress away when it comes to ensuring you and your loved ones are looked after.

A Will does not just account for money and UK property. It can also contain provisions regarding business and/or farming/agricultural interests, stocks and shares, international property and trusts, to name but a few. If you die without a Will, or die with a Will that is invalid, your assets will be distributed according to imposed law rather than according to your wishes. This could mean that those people you wish to benefit from your Estate, or those people who you assume will benefit from your Estate, may not. It could also lead to costly legal action after your death. Making a Will is the best way to ensure that your Estate is passed onto family, friends or charity according to your wishes and to choose the people you trust to carry those wishes out.

Our Wills, Trusts and Probate Solicitors can not only prepare your Will(s) on your behalf but can provide detailed and efficient advice on lifetime planning, paying particular attention to Inheritance Tax. The team has a breadth of experience which enables us to assist you with planning ahead and making sure your family is provided for in the future. You can arrange to meet our team at any of our offices in ColchesterChelmsfordIpswichBury St Edmunds or Frinton-on-Sea.

Meet our Wills, Trusts and Probate Solicitors in Essex

Nicola Weldon became part of the Ellisons team in September 2021 when she joined the firm as a Partner, working in the Wills, Trusts and Probate team. Nicola’s areas of specialism include wills, estate planning and trusts, estate administration, lasting powers of attorney and Court of Protection work. A qualified solicitor since 2002, Nicola has a wealth of experience in the Private Client sector. She is also a full, accredited member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), a professional association for practitioners who specialise in family inheritance and succession planning. The service she provides to her clients is something Nicola takes great pride in and she has been recognised as a Dementia Friends Champion.

Michelle Lamm became a Partner at Ellisons in May 2021, having been a Senior Associate at the firm since May 2019. With more than 10 years of experience in private client work, specialising in Wills, Powers of Attorney and administration of estates, Michelle has had the privilege to help hundreds of families and individuals with clear and accurate legal support. As a Chartered Legal Executive since 2013, Michelle is also qualified as a Trust and Estate Practitioner with STEP, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, as well as being a Dementia Friend. Michelle’s specific areas of specialism include wills, estate administration and powers of attorney.

What is probate of a will?

Probate is the legal process involved in how an estate is distributed, in accordance with the wishes expressed in a Will, which immediately comes into effect upon somebody’s passing. On occasions when there is no Will in place, the state dictates who receives what from the estate and how it is allocated, following the guidance of statutory rules. This highlights the importance of having an up-to-date Will in place, regardless of the size of your estate, to ensure your wishes are fulfilled should the worst happen. The Executor named in the Will is given a document known as a Grant of Probate from the Probate Registry, allowing them to start distributing any assets to beneficiaries named in the Will as well as paying any taxes or debts associated with the estate. If there is no Will, the Probate Registry will issue a Grant of Letters of Administration instead of a Grant of Probate to allow administrators to distribute the estate.


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