Contentious probate

& Probate

Denise Woodward

Denise Woodward

We are sad to announce the death of Denise Woodward, Consultant Solicitor, on 22nd April 2023.

Denise was a valued member of our Family Law Team and a hugely popular member of staff. Denise will be sorely missed by all her work colleagues and the legal fraternity in Chester and beyond.

Darlene Storrar, Managing Partner, says:

"Denise was an excellent Family Law Solicitor and a highly valued member of our team. Denise was dedicated to her work and her many clients and we will miss her enormously. Denise was always cheerful and engaging. Our thoughts are with her large supportive family at this very sad time."


Wills & Probate

Do you need help to make a Will, set up a Trust or Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) or some assistance with Probate or Administration of an estate?

With help from our team of expert Wills and Probate Solicitors you can:

  • Make a Will to ensure your wealth and property are inherited by the people you choose
  • Set up trusts and provide advice and guidance regarding inheritance tax and other taxes
  • Deal with complex and high value family or private estates
  • Prepare Powers of Attorney
  • Deal with Court of Protection issues and registration

Why choose Storrar Cowdry to deal with your Will or Probate?

Our Wills and Probate Solicitors:

  • will tailor their service to suit your individual needs and wishes.
  • are experts in their field with many years of experience between them of Wills and Probate.
  • appreciate that making a Will is not the most pleasant thing to do and will act sensitively.
  • will always act for you completely confidentially.
  • will make the process of Will writing or Probate as straight forward as possible.


Find out more about the costs involved and what service is included on our Fees page.

Our Dedicated and Knowledgeable Solicitors

If you wish to discuss your situation further with an expert solicitor please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Make An Enquiry

Louise Eccleston

Solicitor and Head of Private Client

Gillian Knowles

Solicitor and Partner

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to visit your offices?

Whilst you would be more than welcome to visit our offices, conveniently located in Chester City Centre, it is not essential.  We can conduct a telephone meeting or visit you at home if you would prefer.

How much will your service cost me?

We have published a guide to our fees which explains this in more detail.  Most importantly though, at Storrar Cowdry, we aim to be as transparent as possible regarding our fees and after discussing your requirements in detail with you, will be able to provide an estimate of costs involved.

What happens if I don't make a Will?

If you die without making a will (dying intestate), the law decides who inherits your possessions. This may be very different to your wishes. The important people in your life may not inherit. Instead distant relatives could receive your assets.

What is Probate?

Explained very simply, when someone dies and leaves money, possessions or property (their estate) someone needs to apply to Court for permission to represent the estate.  This person will then pay all bills that are due and then share out the remainder according to the Will.


Find out what our clients think about us.

"Louise Eccleston – very nice and made a hard process for us straight-forward and pleasant. Thank you."

Private Client

"Exceeded expectations of good personal service and made to feel like a valued client, not just another person thorough the door."

Private Client

"On behalf  of the Settlement trustees I would like to thank you for dealing so well and so efficently with Settlement business."

Private Client

"Louise Eccleston was most helpful in regards to my queries about Inheritance Tax and putting a Life Policy in Trust."

Private Client

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