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"I would like to thank Sarah Young for being above and beyond in her kindness and professionalism. I can’t rate her highly enough."
"Thank you so much for everything you have done and when people tell me they would prefer someone local and long distance doesn't work I tell them my story."
"From my first to the last contact with Sarah, we received an excellent service, along with her team and PA Tracey. It was a pleasure talking with Sarah, unfortunately we never met in person due to the travel distances involved."
"We found that Sarah showed empathy and understanding of our case and handled it well. We thank her for her assistance in this matter and bringing it to a conclusion."
"From my first to the last contact with Sarah, we received an excellent service, along with her team and PA It was a pleasure talking with Sarah, unfortunately we never met in person due to the travel distances involved"
Sarah and her staff were perfection.
"I can't thank you enough for your help- you have saved me from many more sleepless nights and endless worry! You wouldn't believe how many hours I have spent trying to find practical advice on this and you have set it all out so clearly and concisely. I am so hugely grateful."
"Thank you for all your hard work in this matter. We are able now to put closure to this and have a great Christmas as a family and a promising new future with new aspirations and goals for the future. It is a relief to put an end to this. I can't thank you and Sarah enough for your compassion and commitment through the last few months, just wished I had sought your help sooner and this would not have lasted this long. I will definitely be singing your praises to all we know as a competent and professional Law firm."
"My husband Jakub went missing on 2nd January 2012, I was beside myself and had no idea how to deal with the situation. The Missing Persons Bureau gave me a couple of names of some solicitors who specialised in this field, so I rang them and I instantly took a liking to Sarah. When we first spoke she was very sympathetic to my situation and assured me that she would do her utmost to get everything sorted. At the time I was working 3 jobs to try an keep my mortgage payments going, but unfortunately I wasn't able to meet them and started to get in arrears with my mortgage, and the mortgage company started re-possessing proceedings. Having to deal with all the financial problems let alone my emotional problems was starting to take it's toll on me, but Sarah came to the rescue and managed to liaise with the mortgage company and she eventually saved my house so I didn't become homeless. We came upon many obstructions during the 3 1/2 years that Sarah and her team worked on my case but Sarah and her PA Tracey were always positive that we would get everything resolved. There were days that I would ring either Sarah or Tracey in tears because I didn't think I could cope anymore and they were so brilliant with me, telling me that everything will be alright in the end, and they were right, every problem has been sorted. I cannot express my thanks enough. Sarah and Tracey are so approachable and treated me more like a friend rather than a client, which is what you need when you are going through this horrific experience. So once again, thank you Sarah, Tracey and all of your team for giving me my life back. If you ever find yourself in my situation, do not hesitate to contact Sarah and her team, they really are one team in a million". Much love Jo
I cannot thank Ridley & Hall enough. I have been treated with empathy, care and understanding during the the most traumatic time of my life, to lose my husband in such a horrific way and then the thought I could have lost my home as well is trauma beyond belief. Thank-You Sarah.
My first meeting with Sarah Young was really great. She seemed to care about my situation and gave good advice on what we should expect throughout our case. My case has now come to an end thanks to Sarah. I would highly recommend her services to others in similar situations.
After the death of my Mother I had the responsibility of carrying out the job as Executor of her Estate. This was a very daunting task, as unfortunately, there were major family issues concerning my mother’s Will. I appointed Sarah Young from Ridley & Hall Solicitors to act as my Legal Representative and the advice and support that was given to me was always professional and well thought through and I felt that a lot of the pressure that was put on me was removed by Sarah. I found her extremely diligent, she left no stone unturned and was exacting in her follow up to any issues that were raised. My phone calls were always answered or if she was busy I would always receive a prompt call back. Sarah made me feel as though, whatever I asked, nothing was too trivial or too much trouble and I felt that whatever time of day I phoned I was treated, on every occasion, as an important client. I would have no hesitation in recommending Sarah to any person seeking reliable, caring and professional representation. Sarah ALWAYS delivered what she promised.
I have referred a number of contentious probate clients to Sarah and have found her to be professional, personable and extremely able. The clients in question have always been extremely satisfied with the work that Sarah has done for them. I would heartily recommend her to anyone seeking advice in this area.
Really happy that they have took [my husband’s] name off the mortgage, I burst into tears when they told me, I am finally free and can look to putting the house on the market now and moving on with my life and I have you to thank for that. When J’s husband went missing in January 2012 leaving a suicide note in his car, she was devastated. His body was never found. J fell into arrears with her mortgage which was in joint names and was facing repossession. Sarah Young of Ridley & Hall negotiated with the mortgagor and obtained a leave to swear death order for J which enabled her to take out a grant of probate. This gave her the right to benefit from her husband’s life insurance policy and sell the home.”
Thank you for …..the brilliant job you did for me and my family. Forever grateful
I wanted to say a big thank you for all you have done for me and my family. Getting the Presumption of Death order means so much… hopefully this order will let me put the things in place for my peace of mind for my own future and eventually that of our children. I hope that this new act will help many genuine people who like myself have been placed in an impossible position through no fault of their own. You can be proud that you have played a big part in the preparation and work to allow me to have this order granted so l shall be eternally grateful that your name was put forward…
I would like to say a sincere thank you so very much for all your help in my recent troubles… I would not and will not hesitate to use you again if it was needed. Once again thank you Sarah for everything, especially whilst I was dealing with the death of my mother at the time. It was a pleasure to have met you, and have your guidance. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I would like to thank you both for your continued support through a difficult process. It has been a very frustrating time due to other people letting us down, mainly the Police – but you have both persisted and helped to guide me through those difficult times. I wish you both all the best for the future and would have no hesitation in recommending you to others.
The case concluded as hoped. I was at all times treated with courtesy, consideration and empathy by Sarah Young who was at all times professional yet approachable in all matters relating to a very complex case. I personally thank her on behalf of myself and children for the way she conducted my case which brought great relief and a most satisfactory conclusion and will help us move forward.
Thank you so much for what you have done. I’m still in turmoil and can’t really believe that worry will soon be gone. The whole trauma of the situation has at times been impossible to cope with. I don’t really know how I’ve coped – good friends have been amazing. My health has suffered…and I feel about ten years older. Thank god your name was on the internet. I phoned the law society, the citizens advice centre, about twenty solicitors, the Procurator Fiscal in Scotland and the coroners office local to me but nobody could help the trauma I was in. Nobody could help until I phoned your office. I was treated with kindness and given hope that there was something I could do. I’m so thankful for that – at least now I can try and make some sort of sense of everything and try to grieve for my amazing wonderful husband who meant the world to me. I miss him more than words can say. Thank you again Sarah for giving me hope when no one else could.
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Director – LITIGATION
Sarah Young is one of a limited number of lawyers in Yorkshire who specialise in contentious probate law, which includes advising on – amongst other matters – inheritance disputes, problems with executors and arguments involving trusts and the Court of Protection.
Sarah is also a specialist in the law surrounding missing people, which has been recognised in the latest issue of the Legal 500. She works closely with the charity ‘Missing People’ and has long campaigned for legislation to be improved in this area.
In relation to her contentious probate practice, she represented the claimant in the much reported 2014 case Wright v Waters. The decision is of huge significance to adult children who seek to challenge a parent’s Will, having been estranged from them.
Sarah also feels strongly about financial abuse of the elderly. Whether the abuse take place by those in a formal position of trust, such as attorneys and deputies or by friends or relatives of an elderly person, Sarah is determined to take action whenever possible to protect the rights of victims. She has written a number of articles on this issue and is currently campaigning for a change in the law to prevent predatory marriage. This is when a vulnerable person, often elderly, is married for financial or other gain, usually by someone much younger than them. The marriage may take place in secret, without the victim’s family being aware. Because marriage revokes a will, the predator will then often inherit their victim’s entire estate on their death.
Sarah is a member of the Association of Contentious Trust And Probate Specialists and Solicitors for the Elderly.
From 2006 to 2011 she acted as the firm’s Managing Partner and won the Association of Women Solicitors (AWS) Award for Managing a Small Practice in September 2009. The AWS has over 18,000 members. She was then one of 5 women solicitors shortlisted in the AWS Legal Business Woman of the Year category at the prestigious Law Society Excellence Awards. Sarah was also a finalist in the Women in Business Awards 2015 (Yorkshire and North East) in the “Inspiring Leader” category.
When she’s not at work, Sarah enjoys running, bodypump and walking her dog as well as looking after her three children, all of which she is aware would keep her fitter if she didn’t eat so much chocolate.
Key news articles from Sarah
- Court Decides Missing Huddersfield Man is “Presumed Dead “ against family’s wishes
- Police Failing Missing People
- Divorcing? Beware the Death Trap!
- Undue Influence – a Cautionary Tale
- Steep Rise in Elderly Abuse and Neglect Allegations
- Indian Case Of Forged Will
- “Whaddya Mean?” – Interpreting a Will
- Inheritance Disputes – The Dementia Timebomb