Planning Ahead

The future can seem a long way off; the reality, of course, is that it’s not. This is why planning ahead and making the right decisions today will give you and your family peace of mind.

Birkett Long’s wills and probate solicitors will provide practical advice to guide you and your family through the maze of procedures, rules and finances. Our aim is to make the journey simple for you, enabling you to focus on what is most important whilst ensuring that provisions are in place, your needs are met and your wishes are followed.

Planning ahead and making the right decisions today will give you peace of mind, knowing your personal and financial affairs are organised in the ways you want them to be.

Our wills and probate solicitors will explain and help you make decisions about:

Contact our wills and probate solicitors in Colchester, Chelmsford or Basildon for a free initial chat. We are here to listen. Together we will work out what your worries are, what is important to you and we will help make sure these are protected.


Birkett Long’s expert team includes members of Solicitors for the Elderly and the Society of Estate Practitioners (STEP), which means we are committed to treating clients with dignity, respect and sensitivity, and to avoid unnecessary legal terminology.

Many of the firm's staff have chosen to become Dementia Friends, an initiative run by Alzheimer's Society. Alzheimer’s Society hopes to create 4 million Dementia Friends by 2020. One of our lawyers, Liz Jones, is a Dementia Champion for Alzheimer's Society, meaning she can give talks to create Dementia Friends. It is not just an individual that is affected by dementia, it touches family and friends too. If you are planning ahead for a loved one and need any legal help we are focusing on becoming a Dementia Friendly firm and are here to support you as well as your loved ones.

What our clients say

  • Claire has been extremely courteous, keen and professional and it is been a pleasure to instruct her. She is a great asset to Birkett Long and I shall be very happy to recommend her to other people.
  • I have received a highly professional, friendly and prompt service from all the solicitors I have dealt with at Birkett Long for over forty years.
    Mr Terry Hitchcock
  • I do want to thank you for the exceptionally kind, efficient and patient way you clarified what, to me, were the complicated matters in hand. I would not hesitate to come back to you should the need arise. It was a pleasure to meet you.
  • We found this firm highly efficient.
  • Birkett Long recently completed work on wills and Lasting Powers of attorney for myself and my wife.  It was very helpful to have the work undertaken by way of an initial home visit and subsequent home visit and we found them to be friendly, courteous and professional throughout the process.   Technical issues were explained in a clear straightforward manner, and they were at pains to ensure that we understood each stage of the process and the implications of any decisions we made, or documents signed.

staff re-order planning ahead

  • Claire Read
  • Caroline Dowding
  • Liz Jones