Ridley & Hall is an award-winning firm of solicitors, based in Yorkshire, but with a national profile. We are passionate about making a difference to peoples’ lives by being innovative and forward thinking. We care about helping our clients to solve their legal problems. We avoid complicated legal jargon and are clear about the cost involved of any advice that we give.

Ridley & Hall has excellent Family & Matrimonial and Care Proceedings & Adoption teams which have been recommended by the legal publication the Legal 500. We specialise in divorce, financial relief, children, grandparents’ issues and kinship care.

We have nationally-recognised expertise in Community Care Law, supporting individuals and families in their challenges to local authorities.

The excellence of the probate and trusts work carried out by our Wills & Probate team is also recognised by the Legal 500. The team works closely with our Contentious Probate specialists in resolving often complex and high value inheritance disputes. The firm’s Court of Protection team can help with powers of attorney and all issues relating to loss of mental capacity.

We recognise that buying or selling a house can be a hugely stressful experience for many people. Our Residential and Commercial Property teams have a friendly and professional approach. We were one of the first firms in the country to gain accreditation in the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme, meeting the highest possible standards for the residential conveyancing process.

Our experienced Personal Injury lawyers deliver a friendly, personal service to accident victims and their families. We have a particular interest in accidents involving cyclists.

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Woman receives £164K from estate of mother who disinherited her

I'm not entirely sure I agree with the comment below. The provisions of the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975 have always allowed certain categories of people to make a claim against an estate, if they believe the disposition of that estate fails to make 'reasonable financial provision' for them. It does not mean by any stretch of the imagination that anyone will be able to challenge the estate of someone who leaves them nothing. What it does highlight however, is that those who are responsible for drafting wills need to be alert to the potential for a claim and advise their clients appropriately, if their will is not intended to provide for somebody you might expect them to

The ruling could significantly weaken people's right to leave money to those they want to inherit it, it is thought.
"Adoptive" child returns to Father

This is a decision with significant implications for Local Authorities trying to plan for a child's future and for adopters who were trying to ensure the child got the stable and loving care she needed. It is going to the Court of Appeal - quite rightly.

Social services staff have been criticised by a High Court judge who has ruled that a two-year-old girl should return to the care of her father and be reunited with her sister and brothers.
Couple "too old" to care for their grandchild?

This is a helpful article explaining that altho' the Daily Telegraph lead with this headline, there was much more to the judge's decision about why the child could not be placed with them. It's worth a read!

The reason for the decision, very simply, was that the mother had considerable mental health difficulties, including cutting herself in front of the child, that the mother had a very difficult relationship with the grandparents and that they were not going to be able to shield the child from these things.
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