Wolsey Probate was formed as a division of Anglia Research Services in order to provide a service to clients who require a professional, seamless and efficient administration of their intestate relative’s estate.

Many probate practitioners deal with only a few intestate estates in their career, whereas intestacy administration forms the majority of Wolsey Probate’s caseload.

We are experts in applying the rules of intestacy, in dealing with complex family relationships, and in ensuring that all entitled beneficiaries receive what is due to them.

Because of our track record and day-to-day familiarity with all the legal and practical problems that intestacy can bring, our work is streamlined and our charges are very reasonable.

Our dedicated team is approachable and friendly: we will always help clients to understand the probate process and to keep track of how a case is progressing.


Joanne Clayden

Joanne Clayden, LLB (Hons)

Head of Probate

Email: joanneclayden@wolsey-probate.co.uk

Joanne qualified as a solicitor in 2001. Previously with international law firm Eversheds, she joined Wolsey Probate in 2009 to head up our in-house administration team which assists with every stage of the legal process from applying for a grant of letters of administration, to valuing the deceased’s assets.

Dianne Yarrow Smith

Diane Yarrow-Smith, FCILEx

Probate Officer

E-mail: dianeyarrow-smith@wolsey-probate.co.uk

Diane has worked in private client law since 1998. She qualified as a chartered legal executive in 2005 specialising in probate administration and, in particular, complex intestate estates. Diane always gives the best possible support to her clients during the administration process, which has resulted in numerous letters of thanks and appreciation.

Nick Ingham

Nick Ingham, LLB (Hons)

Legal Manager

E-mail: nickingham@wolsey-probate.co.uk

Nick joined the company in 2006 from a claims litigation background of over 20 years with solicitors and insurers. Nick was pivotal in setting up a new legal practice in 2001 to handle volume claimant personal injury work sourced from blue chip referrers. He brought with him a wealth of business experience, in addition to being a keen family historian.

Rosie Kelly

Rosie Kelly, BA (Hons)

Legal Researcher

E-mail: rosiekelly@angliaresearch.co.uk

Rosie has a first class degree in English Literature from York University. She is studying to become a chartered legal executive and achieved a distinction in the first set of CILEX exams. She supports the legal research team, working from our Leeds office.

Sheila Smith

Sheila Smith

Company Secretary & Finance

E-mail: sheilasmith@wolsey-probate.co.uk

With a thorough understanding of business accounting and the intricacies of probate estate distribution, Sheila is responsible for the smooth running of the finance department.

Bev Powell

Beverley Powell

Legal Secretary

E-mail: beverleypowell@wolsey-probate.co.uk

With more than three decades’ experience as a legal secretary, including many years working for top city law firms, Beverley’s typing speed is in excess of 80 wpm. Together with her efficiency and helpful attitude, this makes her an invaluable member of the probate team.

Val Heeley

Val Heeley

Legal Secretary

E-mail: valheeley@wolsey-probate.co.uk

Known for her friendly and helpful manner, Val acts as the first point of contact for our clients. As an experienced legal secretary she also provides secretarial support to the rest of the probate team.

Vanessa Whitmore

Vanessa Whitmore

Accounts Assistant

E-mail: vanessawhitmore@wolsey-probate.co.uk

With a background in sales, bookkeeping and business accounts, Vanessa supports the in-house finance team.

What we do

Broadly speaking, there are three stages of work involved in estate administration.


Here’s what some of our clients say:

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Peace of mind

For your peace of mind:

As a division of Anglia Research Services Ltd, Wolsey Probate:

Contact us


 01473 230000
 01473 226683


 Wolsey Probate
 4 Museum Street
 IP1 1HT
 United Kingdom