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Hartlepool and District Hospice Make a Will Month

Once again, Smith and Graham are proud to support the Hartlepool and District Hospice Make a Will Month Scheme during May 2013. During the month of May we will be supporting the campaign by assisting people in making wills free of charge if they in turn make a donation towards the work of the Hartlepool Hospice.

Rebecca Jobson from Hartlepool Hospice had this to say “Your donations make a huge difference to a person approaching the end of their life.  Last year over £2,000 was raised through Make a Will Month.  This is equivalent to a whole week specialist care and could only be possible with your help.  Making a Will is something we often put off but the peace of knowing that your affairs are all in order is really quite satisfying”.

Andrew Blair, Head of Probate, said “Here is an opportunity for people to get around to making a will at the same time as benefitting such a worthwhile local charity. We are proud to be able to support the invaluable work of the Hospice and hope that we can contribute towards raising even more funds than last year”.

For more details, please call our Private Client Department on 01429 271651

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Smith & Graham take Will message to the airwaves

Long term community partners, Smith and Graham Solicitors and Radio Hartlepool have once again come up with a unique offer to Radio Hartlepool’s listeners, highlighting the importance of having a professional will written.

Andrew Blair, Head of Probate at Smith and Graham Solicitors had this to say “we would like people in our town to know the importance of having a properly drafted will, so that they can benefit the people or organisations that are most important to them.  At Smith & Graham, we want to give something back to our community and therefore, over the coming weeks on Radio Hartlepool we will be giving people the chance to have a professional will written for them at no cost”.

This latest offering from Smith & Graham Solicitors comes in the form on an ‘on air’ competition to be aired on Radio Hartlepool.

Managing Director of 102.4 Radio Hartlepool, Jason Anderson had this to say about this latest offering “It’s a real unique prize, your chance to win a will, a professionally written one at that.  I don’t think within the history of Radio Hartlepool we have been able to give such a meaningful prize away, again, big thanks to Smith and Graham Solicitors, and Andrew Blair and his team”.

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Smith & Graham join forces with Radio Hartlepool

Smith & Graham Solicitors and Radio Hartlepool joined forces to offer all Radio Hartlepool listeners a discount on selected services supplied by Smith & Graham.

Jason Anderson, Managing Director of 102.4 Radio Hartlepool said "Once more I thank those at Smith & Graham for giving back something to their local community and to the people of this town.  All you have to do is say you listen to Radio Hartlepool to get a discount on selected services, how good is that!"

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Smith & Graham new sponsorship deal with HRFC

Hartlepool Rugby Football Club have teamed up with Smith & Graham who have provided sponsored shirts for the forthcoming season.  Members of HRFC also receive a discount on selected products offered by Smith & Graham.

Stuart Hind of HRFC said "Thanks to Smith & Graham our first team squad are proud to wear our new kit, as in these difficult times sponsorship is extremely hard to come by but once again Smith & Graham have come forward to give something back to the sporting community of this town."

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Welcome Paula!

We are very pleased to announce that Paula Bailey is to become a partner in the firm with immediate effect.  

This is a real boost to the firm’s fortunes and the partners believe that our Family Department will go from strength to strength under Paula’s leadership. 

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Doesn’t time fly!

Our senior partner, Barry Gray has recently celebrated a landmark 40 years at Smith & Graham.

Beginning his career in 1972, Barry headed our now flourishing Criminal Defence department.  Continuing to lead from the helm, Barry is now synonymous with the name Smith & Graham.

The partners and staff would like to thank Barry for his invaluable contribution to the firm and long may this continue!

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Smith & Graham and Hartlepool United – The perfect match for the new season!

Russ Green, the Chief Executive of Hartlepool United, described Pools Law as being one of the success stories of last season.  Russ went on to say “By simply saying that you are a Hartlepool united fan, you will secure a 10% discount on selected services at Smith & Graham and in addition they will make a 5% contribution to the Youth Development of Hartlepool United.”

Steven Horsley, Partner at Smith & Graham said “We are proud to be able to assist in the continuing development of the town’s club and give something back to the local community for which my firm has been a part of for over 100 years.  We at Smith & Graham wish Hartlepool United every success for the forthcoming league one campaign.”

Hartlepool United Fixture Cards can be collected free of charge from the reception of Smith & Graham Solicitors.

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Smith & Graham pleased to share in the success of Wynyard Golf Club

Smith and Graham are pleased to announce the sponsorship of both the senior and junior teams at Wynyard Golf club for the forthcoming season.

Chris Mounter, Director of Golf said “It’s great in these difficult times that a firm of the stature of Smith & Graham can give something back to the local community and our teams will be pleased to adorn their logo.  We are confident of success this season and are grateful of Smith & Graham’s support.”

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Smith & Graham join forces with Radio Hartlepool in new sponsorship deal.

Smith & Graham are delighted to show our commitment to the town and community radio station by taking a significant sponsorship deal, sponsoring the main studio which will now be known as the ‘Smith & Graham Solicitors Community Studio’.

Jason Anderson, Managing Director of 102.4 Radio Hartlepool said "we are really pleased that Smith & Graham have decided to take a significant role in the station and along with recent events this shows that 102.4 Radio Hartlepool is definitely on the up“

Our seniour partenr, Barry Gray, had this to say "at Smith & Graham Solicitors we have been providing legal services to the Hartlepool community for over 100 years. When we were asked if we would provide ‘act of support’ for our Hartlepool Community Radio Station, our immediate answer was yes.

Radio Hartlepool have over the last 5 years established a radio station which is forging ahead providing entertainment and local input for the Hartlepool towns folk.

We at Smith & Graham are privileged to play a role in the Hartlepool community and are pleased to be part of our Hartlepool Community Radio Station."

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Smith & Graham Join Certainty National Register of Wills

As part of our continuing drive to provide our clients with the best quality service, Smith and Graham joined the Certainty National Register of Wills in September 2011.

In a recent survey, 67% of people surveyed did not know where to find their parents’ Wills. Indeed tens of thousands of estates do fall into intestacy each year, which can cause emotional and financial turmoil for loved ones.

Although we keep a database of all the Wills which we hold, changing circumstances, moving to another area or simply the passage of time can sometimes make it difficult for our executors and beneficiaries to locate a Will. Registration of our Wills ensures that solicitors across the country can log the existence of Wills in a central place.  This ensures that our Wills are easily traceable by beneficiaries and not overlooked.

What does the registry of Wills do?

  • The registry records that we hold your Will; no one there sees it, and we keep it here.
  • Following your death, the registry gives us details about anyone who is looking for your Will.
  • We answer the query if it is legitimate, but if not we ignore it, thus protecting both your privacy and your beneficiaries.


Wills and Probate partner Andrew Blair said “Making a will is the most important thing we can do to be sure that we pass on our estates to the people we chose. However, our wishes could be overlooked if our will cannot be traced. Will registration gives our clients the peace of mind of knowing that their wills can always be located and I am delighted that Smith & Graham are now able to offer this service to our clients”.

Smith & Graham provide a personal will writing service tailored to our clients’ circumstances and advise on tax planning and asset protection issues with a view to maximising what you can pass to your beneficiaries. This includes minimising the potential impact of inheritance tax and future care costs on your estate. Please contact Andrew Blair on 01429 271651 for further information or an informal chat about the options open to you.

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