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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas

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Christmas Office Closure

WTW Christmas Office Closure 2019

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We are recruiting – Commercial & Agricultural Property Solicitor and Litigation Solicitor

We are recruiting for two permanent positions:

  • Commercial & Agricultural Property Solicitor/Lawyer
  • Litigation Solicitor

Negotiable | Keighley West Yorkshire | Permanent | Full Time

Are you looking for a new challenge with a successful and expanding high street practice? This is a fantastic opportunity for two experienced Solicitors or Lawyers to take on an existing portfolio of clients and make their mark locally. The positions are available due to continued expansion and increasing client base.

Further details on these positions can be found on the WTW Facebook page or our careers page.

Keighley & Airedale Business Awards

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Family Law – update

We are pleased to announce that we will be able to take on new Family Law cases from 04.11.2019.

If you or a loved one need to talk to an experienced and approachable solicitor then you can call our main reception on 01535 662644. Erika Williman (Family Law Solicitor) will aim to call you back within 24 hours. If she is unable to talk to you in that time then our trainee solicitor, Paul Farrell, may speak to you in order to book a convenient meeting or phone call.


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Marines Reunion – Mark Hagyard – Solicitor/Managing Director

Marines Reunion – 12 October 2018

Royal Marines Badge

On 24 September 1979 I joined the Royal Marines three days short of my 17th birthday.

My junior marine intake number was 257 Troop.

Of the originals who joined on the first day(over 60) less than 20 made it through training. During the course of the reunion there was some debate as to exactly who was and who was not an original as some joined us after periods of injury and rehabilitation. The actual figure is therefore open to debate.

One of the original members stayed in the Royal Marines for about 25 years and both of his sons followed him into the service. One of them was promoted to the rank of corporal and sent to the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines (CTCRM) to be part of a recruit training team. By a bizarre coincidence the recruit troop he was allocated to was 257 troop. Our old Troop number had taken 39 years to reappear.

This gave rise to the idea that it would be nice to have our reunion on the same weekend as the new 257 troop finished their training.

Marines Reunion - Mark Hagyard - 12.10.2018

The Marines Reunion

Following invites being dispatched 16 of the original troop attended together with three of the original training team.

We were also invited to watch the young Marines being presented with their Green Berets and a parade in the drill shed (it was pouring down outside) led by the Royal Marines band.

Once the formalities were over there was a photo shoot with the before and afters and a libation in the Sergeants mess!

It was a fabulous day especially as I hadn’t seen some of the chaps since we finished training in 1980.

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Remember a Charity in your Will

Remember a charity in your will

If you are updating or writing a new will why not consider leaving something to your favourite charity? Speak to our specialist Wills, Probate & Later Life Planning team by phoning 01535 662644.

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Keighley Playhouse – WTW Sponsorship

Keighley Playhouse

We are very proud to announce that we are sponsoring the Keighley Playhouse for the forthcoming season. We will headline sponsor ‘Witness for the Prosecution’ which runs from 06-21.03.2020.

It’s always satisfying to assist volunteer groups like this who work hard to keep Keighley on the map for all the right reasons.

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Marathon for Charity – Sarah Bright – St Joseph’s Goal

Sarah Bright - Licensed Conveyancer - Marathon for Joseph's Goal

Fantastic news that Sarah Bright, our lovely Licensed Conveyancer, completed her first marathon on Sunday to raise funds for Joseph’s Goal. So far she has raised £1098. An amazing achievement!

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Top tips for writing a will


No-one really wants to plan and write a will. Here are ten top tips which should help to explain why it’s important and what you need to do.

1. Make the time to write a will

It’s so easy to put off writing a will. The fact that one in three people die without having ever written a will is proof enough.

Not writing a will can cause financial worry and family disagreements for loved ones. If you take the time to write a will you can make provisions for those you care about.

2. A will is for everyone

If you die without having made a will this is called dying intestate. It is then the intestacy rules that determine who gets what. This could mean that those closest to you or a charity you want to support miss out. It could also mean that the tax man gets a large chunk of your money.

3. Use a professional

Make sure you choose who draws up your will wisely. It is recommended that you use a professional who is qualified and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Using a solicitor means that you will receive advice about how to make sure your wishes are met. If there are inheritance tax implications these can be discussed and appropriate measures put into place.

If, for any reason the firm of solicitors stops trading, you are automatically covered and your will will be transferred to another solicitor.

DIY will kits are available and seem like a cheaper option. If mistakes are made though there is no come back. The result may be that the estate is liable for a larger tax bill and may not be distributed to the beneficiaries you chose.

4. Choose your executors well

Executors will deal with your estate in the way you have instructed following your death.

It can be a very demanding job. Always ask first.

If you want your spouse to be an executor we recommend that you do not appoint them as the sole executor.

In the event that you both die together you need to have a substitute executor in place.

5. Appoint guardians

For those with children writing a will allows you to make a choice about who will care for your children in the event of you dying.

If you don’t appoint a suitable adult then the court will appoint a guardian.

Unmarried couples need to appoint each other as the guardian.

6. Decide who you want to get what, and     when

Planning who will get what should help to avoid disputes and arguments.

By being clear about what your wishes are you should make it easier for those you leave behind to cope with your death.

If you don’t have anyone to leave your estate to you can still decide where you want it to go e.g. a charity, a club, a park bench.

You can also decide about funeral arrangements e.g. the songs you want to be played.

7. Ensure your will is signed

To make sure your will is valid your signature must be witnessed by two independent adults (over the age of 18). They must sign the will but do not need to know what you have decided to do with your estate.

A beneficiary cannot benefit from a will they have witnessed. Always make sure that the people who witness your will are not going to receive anything under the will.

8. Take care of your will

Place your will in a safe place. A fireproof box is recommended if you are keeping it at home. make sure that your executors know where to find it. You can also choose to leave your will with your solicitors but always keep a copy. We don’t recommend that you keep it somewhere where the executor would need probate to access it e.g. a bank safe deposit box.

9. If your circumstances change make sure you review you will

If your personal circumstances change then you need to review your will as some parts of it may become invalid. These might include:

* marriage

* divorce or separation

* property purchase

* children.

10. Make sure your executor/s know where to find your will

Always make sure that your executors know where you keep your will. Whether that is at home or with your solicitors.


If you need straightforward, down to earth advice about writing or updating a will then you can contact us on 01535 662644.


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Closed for the Bank Holiday on 26.08.2019

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Please note that we will be closed on Monday 26.08.2019 for the Bank Holiday and reopen at 9.00am on Tuesday 27.08.2019.

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