The Home Park Sleep Out with Plymouth Argyle

Portcullis Legals are delighted to announce the first ever charity Home Park Sleep Out event this summer in partnership with Plymouth Argyle Football Club. Fans are being invited to bring their sleeping bags and blankets to the famous stadium and spend the night in the stands, on the concourses and potentially around the side of the […]

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Portcullis Legals introduces four-day week

Portcullis Legals has switched its entire workforce to a four-day week – one of a handful of businesses across the globe to do so. The team of nine dedicated staff is led by Managing Director Trevor Worth, who has been researching the benefits of a four-day week for the past year. The entire team has […]

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A critical risk for business owners to avoid

We all know the potential ups and downs of running a business and how there are a myriad of insurances that need to be put in place to cover public liability, professional indemnity, buildings insurance et al. They are all a necessary evil but what a relief when they are needed, for most it would […]

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What is a Trust?

The most common form of a trust in England and Wales is what’s known as a discretionary trust. As it’s name implies, it is a gift into a trust that then allows the trustees to make discretionary decisions as to how the contents of the trust are used and for whose benefit be that a […]

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Refurbishment 18 – 22 February 2019

Our Law Store at Plymstock is being revamped during this week to make it even more customer friendly with a new client area,  so please bear with us during the internal rebuild. Obviously we can’t hold any client meetings at the Law Store during this time, but we are more than happy to visit our […]

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Please watch, share and help if you can

Our lovely Office Manager Sarah volunteers every year with her equally lovely sister Jackie, to help at the St Luke’s “Mens Day Out” in Plymouth. They need more volunteers to help manage the event on the day on 30th March this year, so please step forward and help if you can. Apparently it’s great fun! […]

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The daftest reasons why people haven’t made their Will yet

We have heard it all. Whether it’s a married couple with young children, a business person with a small business that they have built up or a more mature person in their later years with grown up children and grandchildren, Wills seem to be last on their list of priorities. Here is a list of […]

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Sisters must pay out £325,000 in will battle

This recent example of battles over Wills and inheritances clearly demonstrates the need for all parties to try and act in an honourable and decent way. You should not ever forget that this all happens at a time when everyone is grieving at the loss of a loved one. The judge in this case clearly […]

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#elmer is coming to Plymouth

Elmer’s coming to town, and he’s bringing some new friends.. Our Managing Director visited our partners at St Luke’s yesterday and found a new friend. For 10 weeks in the summer of 2019 a parade of 40 fabulously colourful and unique elephants shall be taking you on a trail around the beautiful city of Plymouth […]

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Supporting St Luke’s Hospice

A beautiful day at Lewtrenchard Manor, as part of our sponsorship of the St Luke’s Hospice Open Gardens programme, where myself and Sarah attended. It is important to us as a firm that we contribute in the community we work in and we are proud to partner with many charities and good causes. It also […]

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Don’t blow your hard earned cash up in smoke

We all know how much hard work goes in to earning money, paying mortgages, trying to save for a rainy day et al. So why is it in our experience, that so many smart and intelligent adults in the UK don’t plan ahead by putting a legally valid Will in place? A legal professional can […]

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Over-50s Plans Are ‘Rarely Good Value’

Over-50s Plans Are ‘Rarely Good Value’ And Could Leave You £2.3k Out Of Pocket Over-50s plans – which are usually taken out to ensure there is money for relatives to help cover expenses such as funeral costs – can pay out in excess of £2,000 less than the total amount contributed in monthly instalments by […]

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Banks and “unethical” Wills

One of our business partners Kings Court Trust has recently commented upon the unethical stance of some banks stretching back to the 1990’s. I recall the offer at the time was along the lines of get your will drawn up free by one of our bank advisers and then see one of our financial advisers […]

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Our St Luke’s Hospice Partnership

We are very proud of our partnership with St Luke’s Hospice in Plymouth. These are the lovely words that Nicola Keen, Business Fundraising Manager of St Luke’s, posted on Facebook to mark our contribution to their annual Make a Will Week. Fantastic to have Portcullis Legals Ltd as charity partners of St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth. […]

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HM Courts Service to “update” probate process

Probate has been highlighted as a project within the Government’s new programme of reform for the UK courts and tribunals service. The government have reported that work has begun on “a very ambitious programme of court reform, which aims to bring new technology and modern ways of working” to the system. Whilst acknowledging that the […]

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Our Portcullis Legals Plymouth Team with Simon Weston CBE

What an honour to be presented by this man It’s one thing to win an amazing award but the night was made perfect for our team by receiving it from the legendary Simon Weston CBE at the Devon Chamber Business Awards on Friday 18th May. The humility and humour this man displayed during the evening, […]

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Shortlisted for two Devon Chamber Of Commerce Business Awards

We are absolutely thrilled to have been shortlisted for two awards at the Devon Chamber of Commerce Awards for 2018. It is a real testament to how hard working and innovative our team is. We wish all the best to every shortlisted firm. PRESS RELEASE Thursday 26th April 2018 Finalists of Devon Chamber Business Awards […]

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Raising Funds for Charity

On January 19th 2018, Portcullis Legals put on a ‘Thank You’ lunch at The Duke of Cornwall to mark our 30th Anniversary. The team wanted to mark MD Trevor Worths 30 years in the sector in a special way so we organised a two course meal, incredible cupcakes created by Cupcake Cotty and invited all […]

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Portcullis Legals sign Armed Forces Covenant

Armed Forces Covenant – Proudly Supporting those who serve A Plymouth-based law firm has evidenced its ongoing commitment to supporting local Armed Forces personnel and their families by entering into a prestigious agreement. Portcullis Legals has signed the Armed Forces Covenant which means that members of the Armed Forces community can benefit from discounted fees […]

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Why A Professional Will is Important

MD, Trevor worth has seen this literally hundreds of times over the past three decades and in his role on the Legal Services Board Advisory Panel in London… Buy cheap, you end up buying twice. As highlighted in an articule published in ‘Professional Advisor’ by John Melville Smith, he concludes that getting your Will prepared […]

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Portcullis Legals take a tour of new Plymouth City College STEM Building

MD, Trev and our Ops Director Marina were invited to a tour of the brand new Plymouth City College STEM building on Thursday (21st September 2017). The £13m building is a regional Centre of Excellence for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) offering a huge range of facilities for students to study, relax and socialise. […]

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Leave More Than Just Memories

Prince died without making a Will, as did Amy Winehouse and Jimi Hendrix meaning they died intestate, and their assets not neccasairly going where they wanted them to. Making a Will helps to ensure that you, rather than legislation, decide what is done with your money, property and personal posessions after your death. A recent […]

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Industry responds to Power of Attorney stance

Our CEO Trevor was asked to give his view to ‘Todays Wills and Probate’ after the former Court of Protection judge, Denzil Lush was reported to have shared his strong stance against the Powers of Attorney System within the UK. “Whilst fully respecting Denzil’s view gained from his first hand experience, I’m always suspicious when […]

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Taking the World by Storm

Storm Troopers in New Store Take a look at The Devon Chamber of Commerce latest article all about us, and how we are delivering expert and niche advise across the South West! “Despite being launched almost 30 years ago, it is only the past 18 months that Portcullis Legals has come to prominence. The Founder […]

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All That Glitters

CEO, Trevor Worth, was asked to contribute an article to Remember A Charity again this year about charity legacies and technology. If you were asked to name a creative and customer focused industry or profession, it’s a fair bet that the legal profession wouldn’t come anywhere near the top of the list. The perception of […]

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Portcullis Legals raise over £10,000 for Charity

Cheque Presentation St Luke’s Hospice We are thrilled to have raised over £10,000 for St Luke Hospice, Plymouth’s adult Hospice, throughout their ‘Make a Will Week’ in May. Nicola Keen, Corporate Fundraiser at the charity, came to visit Marina and Trevor at Cornwood to tell us all about the Hospice and how the funds will […]

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“Uber Law”

This is a great article that I was forwarded recently and is well worth publishing on our site. I am a great fan of Jordan Furlong, who I met for coffee in Ottawa last summer. A truly inspiring and innovative lawyer. What Makes Uber Tick, and What Lawyers Can Learn From It is written by […]

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Free Will with our Funeral Plans

We are pleased to announce a brand new offering! **Portcullis Legals are offering a free Will for each Funeral Plan taken out** If you have been pondering whether or not to take out a Funeral Plan, then now’s the time. With the rising costs of these plans, we can guarantee that your funeral plan will […]

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Another Plymouth Herald Award For Portcullis Legals

On Thursday 20th April, we attended the glamorous Herald Business Awards! We are extremely proud to say we won the Innovation award, we are very happy – the team are all over the moon as thats now 3 awards in 12 months! We have a brand new store opening in St Budeaux, our brand new […]

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The rise of the “Google Lawyer”

Whilst the talk in and around the subject of disruptive law models continues unabated and rightly so, the title of this post does not refer to IBM Watson, Artificial Intelligence or the entry from all sorts of global brands into the legal services arena. As most of us are aware, technology is changing and challenging […]

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More court video evidence planned

The body overseeing the modernisation of the civil justice system is calling for an “online court” to be developed in England and Wales to reduce costs. The Civil Justice Council’s report recommends an Online Dispute Resolution system, which would see judges deciding some non-criminal cases online, without the expenses generated by a court. The report […]

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It’s how you make people feel

As Maya Angelou, the American author and Civil Rights Activist succinctly stated, people will forget what you did or said but will always remember how you made them feel. If we all look at our own personal and business lives there are always those individuals who we cannot wait to see, interact with and who […]

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Part-time employed grad takes law school to court

A disgruntled law graduate who found herself unable to secure full-time employment as a lawyer for almost 10 years after graduating is now suing the university where she obtained her degree. Anna Alaburda, 37, is suing Thomas Jefferson School of Law in California for allegedly misrepresenting its post-graduation employment figures. Though she has held a […]

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Proud Winners of The Herald Small Business of the Year Award!!

We’re delighted to have won the ‘Small Business of the Year Award’ at the Plymouth Herald Business Awards! Make A Free Enquiry Today We would love to help you today, please get in touch by calling us on 01752 401 401, completing our Free Online Enquiry or emailing us on enquiries@portcullislegals.co.uk.

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Marrying again? You may need a “silver nuptial agreement”

A new breed of prenuptial agreement is helping couples meeting later in life to avoid the agony of an inheritance dispute. As the number of disputed wills and inheritance claims reaching the High Court soars, many people are turning to “silver nups” to protect their assets before they remarry. In 2014, 178 probate disputes were […]

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Plymouth law firm wins small business of the year award

Wills, trusts and probate law firm Portcullis Legals has won a small business of the year award in Plymouth, for its outstanding local achievements in community engagement, innovation and meeting its customer’s needs. Portcullis Legals has been established in Plymouth for 28 years, but despite its traditional area of practice, it has had a far […]

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Who are the “annoyingly good” Portcullis?

It started 30 years ago and here we are today with a brilliant team, an innovative and engaging culture and a focus on looking after our clients, our team and our partners and stakeholders. Doing good whilst doing business in our community and striving to turn the perception of stuffy old law firms upside down. […]

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Portcullis recognised at National Awards

IPW Members Recognised For Expertise And Innovation The Institute of Professional Willwriters (IPW) and Institute of Scottish Professional Willwriters (ISPW) have taken pride in the unrivalled knowledge, understanding and skill within the Wills and Probate sector. It is therefore fantastic that many of our dedicated members have been recognised for the incredible work they have […]

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Andy Kebby
Andy Kebby
18:19 18 Sep 19
My wife and I got brand new Wills and it was so easy, the process from start to finish was pitched so well. Nick who saw us was professional and he discussed everything thoroughly so we were aware of every option available to us. I highly recommend Trevor and his team.read more
Becky Candler
Becky Candler
19:20 15 Sep 19
Straight forward process, paperwork prepared at short notice, cannot fault customer service. Many thanks to Nick.
Steve Molloy
Steve Molloy
16:22 04 Sep 19
Myself and my partner have just made our first wills with Trevor at Portcullis. He made the whole thing very easy and straight forward, in a relaxed and friendly manner. Nice friendly, welcoming and professional service.read more
Tracy Tracy
Tracy Tracy
06:57 30 Aug 19
We cannot thank Trevor & the team at Portcullis enough for the outstanding professional & friendly service provided recently. Excellent customer care which we will recommend to everyone.read more
Alex King
Alex King
14:07 28 Aug 19
Excellent advise and speedy service in terms of getting the will process done and also great support and advice of whom to talk to on other legal matters after a rather torrid time. The team were considerate and effective and not only provide good service but good coffee too!read more
Linda baker
Linda baker
21:09 23 Aug 19
Just a good experience all round ,we were so comfy with all our questions being fully explained ,from our first contact to the completion of all the required paperwork . Trevor and his team are so nice ,,,can very confidently recommend them .....read more
Roger Baker
Roger Baker
21:02 23 Aug 19
We are so,so impressed with the excellent standard of comprehensive service from Trevor, he has far exceeded our expectations and we feel so grateful to have all our requirements put together,, huge thanks Trevor.read more
Deborah Ward
Deborah Ward
16:23 04 Aug 19
I have had a new Will done and the price was very good ,the staff friendly and helpful and Trevor was very friendly too . I would highly rate themread more
ian williams
ian williams
08:52 01 Jul 19
My wife and myself saw Nick to set up wills - he was extremely helpful and knowledgeable - would thoroughly recommend. Down to earth with a sense of humour is always helpful in these situationsread more
Sarah Brown
Sarah Brown
08:18 12 Jun 19
Sorting our Wills had been something that my partner and I had discussed for a while, but always kept putting it off. From the moment our enquiry was dealt with over the telephone, until the day we went in and signed our wills, the team at Portcullis were professional, explained everything in full (in simple terms) and their friendly approach makes the whole process extremely easy.read more
Phil Walsh
Phil Walsh
08:55 13 May 19
My wife and I asked Portcullis to help us write our wills and we were very pleased we did. Appointments were made promptly, everyone had plenty of time for us, everything was explained in terms we could understand and we were encouraged to take time to reflect on any important issue. This was old-fashioned courtesy and friendly service at its bestread more
John Sutherland
John Sutherland
09:44 10 May 19
As they were forces friendly, I approached Portcullis Legals to write a will and finished up with a will, a power of attorney and a trust. Everybody was most helpful and Nick explained everything without any rush and has continued to be a help since and all for a very reasonable price. I would certainly recommend them to my friends and colleagues. Thank you.read more
Kev Bickford
Kev Bickford
14:31 08 Mar 19
I asked Trevor and his team to assist me with the writing of my will. I found them to be thoroughly professional and very helpful and understanding of my needs. I would not hesitate in recommending their services to anyone. Thank youread more
Barbara Cock
Barbara Cock
16:37 10 Jan 19
We found Trevor so easy to deal with. He listened to everything we were concerned about and it was sorted with absolutely no problem. We have no hesitation in recommending Portcullis to anyone looking to get their family finances in order.read more
Charles Eatwell
Charles Eatwell
11:51 07 Jan 19
My wife and I plus had some legal work done by the team. The cost was lower than my local solicitor the process straightforward without any fuss. I would recommend them for providing a quality serviceread more
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  • We are specialists in estate planning.
  • Over 30 years of expertise in Powers of Attorney, Tax Planning, Trusts and Wills.
  • Multi award winning business.
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We met Trevor and the team and found their service to our needs second to none. We would recommend anyone to contact Portcullis Legals Ltd to help with their needs. We are not just saying this for the sack of saying it. We truly believe the Personnel service, and Professional help and advise given was second to none.

Mark Swift

November 8, 2018

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