EMERGENCY contact numbers

Criminal (24 Hrs): Brett Chappell 07919 151392 | Trevor Colebourne 07770 443466 | Allan Cobain 07860 808633


Contentious Probate

Administering an estate can be a minefield even where it seems straightforward. However, there are times when it does not go quite to plan.

If you are an Executor or a Personal Representative and there is a dispute of any kind then it is essential that you get legal advice from a specialist solicitor in order to protect the estate as well as yourself. This may include matters such as:

  • Claims against the estate
  • Caveats
  • The validity of the Will
  • Inheritance ( Family Provisions) Act 1975 claims
  • Intestacy – establishing / locating beneficiaries
  • Disagreements between parties i.e. executors or beneficiaries

We are experienced and equipped to deal with these issues and aim to bring them to a conclusion as swift a possible with the least cost to the estate.

We play an integral part in mediating and navigating a path through potential litigation.

This is a specialised form of litigation where the experience and skillset of Mrs Lynda E. Cobain would be invaluable to any estate.

Criminal Defence

Our team of lawyers and advisers are on hand 24 hours a day, 365 days in the year, are ready to attend to clients held in police stations in the Blackpool Fylde Coast and Lancashire areas. Only highly trained solicitors and qualified advisers attend police stations as this is an extremely stressful and difficult time and the decision to answer police questions is often critical and needs to be based on sound advice after full disclosure has been obtained. We can arrange representation anywhere at anytime.

Our 24 hour contact numbers appear at the top of the page

Family Law, Children & Divorce

Our lawyers include an advanced member of the Law Society Family Law Panel and members of the Law Society Children Law Accreditation Scheme (formerly known as The Children Panel ) and family Law Panel. All our lawyers in our specialist family department are available to give experienced, sympathetic and professional advice on the following:

• Local Authority, children matters and care proceedings

• Financial disputes upon divorce and separation

• Divorce and family matters

• Cohabitation and prenuptial agreements

• Other issues regarding children

• Accredited family law specialist

Lasting Powers of Attorney

LPAs are an essential part of forward planning when putting your affairs in order. They allow you to be in control of who is appointed should you need assistance in the future with your day to day finances or health and welfare issues, whether this is help with the practical side of things, like telephone calls or going to the bank for you or someone to make decisions on your behalf if you are not able to do so.

Without an LPA in place it makes it very difficult to virtually impossible for a family member or carer to help in these matters and can result in a person not or your choosing being appointed. An LPA must be put in place before you are in that position and are made in case these circumstances arise.

Our specialist team understand the potential and less obvious complexities of putting an LPA in place and we make the process as easy as possible for our clients. We advise attorneys and act as professional attorneys, providing a dedicated and highly trustworthy service.

If you would like to put an LPA in place or discuss the options available further please contact Lynda Cobain or Jo-Ann Mason

Legal Aid

We are contracted with the Legal Aid Authority and we are able to make an application for Legal Aid for you in many cases.

Whilst this will be subject to certain financial limits, we can take you through the process and application can be made in the majority in criminal cases and also in certain cases of Family Law/Child Care Work including Child Residence and Contact.

In certain circumstances Legal Aid can be applied for for Divorce and Financial Matters and Domestic Violence such as Non Molestation Orders.

We are members of the Duty Solicitor Scheme.

We are on call 24 hours a day and will attend swiftly at the Police Station in the event that you are arrested or if you attend as a result of a pre-arrangement

This is always provided free of charge under Legal Aid

Licensing Law - Alcohol, Entertainment and Taxis

Our Specialist Licensing Solicitor Trevor Colebourne has dealt with all manner of Licensing Applications for over 30 years. 

Blackpool has the second highest number of Licensed premises in Great Britain and brings with it considerable challenges.

We deal with all applications and issues arising relating to premises and personal Licenses in respect of Alcohol and all other Licensable activities. We specialise in applying for new Licenses for pubs, clubs, corner shops and any aspects of temporary licensing. We also specialise in all aspects of Vehicle Licensing in particular Taxi Licensing regularly appearing before the Licensing Committees and the Public Protection Committee.

We provide a First Class service based on our vast experience and yet we are able to offer highly competitive prices considerably cheaper than the big City Players

Managing affairs of elderly clients and acting as Financial Deputy appointed by Court of Protection

It is a big responsibility to ensure that another person’s finances are being looked after properly when they can no longer do it themselves. In some circumstances, it is understandably too big a task for a family member or carer on top of many other commitments. Sometimes there just isn’t anyone who can take on the role. 

Our team specialise in managing financial affairs on behalf of our clients and we are often appointed to act as Financial Deputy by the Court of Protection.

We ensure our client’s finances are managed correctly and deal with many complex matters that often arise along the way. We also offer advice to financial deputies or those seeking to be appointed.

We make statutory Will applications and navigate our clients through all the procedures involved. 

If you would like to discuss any aspect of Court of Protection issues please call 01253 290092 or e mail lec@cobains.co.uk or jo-ann.mason@cobains.co.uk

Motoring and Road Traffic

We have a specialist motoring department dealing with every possible type of Motoring offence relating to Cars, Motor Cycles, Heavy Goods Vehicles, Passenger Carrying Vehicles etc.

We regularly represent our clients in the courts on offences including speeding, driving without due care and attention, drink driving, drug driving, dangerous driving causing death by dangerous or careless driving, documentary offences and indeed any other type of motoring offence

We specialise in making sure you keep your Licence.

We regularly dealt with ‘totting up’ cases if you are facing 12 or more points on your Licence you need expert representation and assistance to make a submission of exceptional hardship.

If your Licence is valuable to you then it is also valuable to us.

Use our expert motoring Lawyers to ensure that you keep on the Road.

Quality Conveyancing Scheme & Conveyancing

Whether you are buying and selling a property, remortgaging your house or entering a leasing contract, buying & selling companies, businesses, leases, Hotels and Restaurants, Commercial loans, Cobains have qualified and highly experienced solicitors for any of your needs. We act for a wide range of clients, including first-time buyers looking to get a foot on the property ladder to seasoned builders and contractors looking to expand their property portfolio.

Will, Trusts & Probate

We would like our existing clients and new clients to know we have adapted our Wills and Lasting Power of Attorney service to ensure that you can still safely put a Will in place. It is vitally important that a Will is executed properly and any potential pitfalls associated with homemade or online Wills are avoided especially in the current environment.

We continue to provide our professional service commenced during the lockdown and have devised alternative ways to enable you to make a Will or LPA.

We can take your initial instructions by whichever method is best for you such as:

  • Over the telephone
  • By email
  • Facetime Skype or Zoom

We can send a draft of your Will or LPA for you to check by post or by email and then arrange a meeting with you to sign your Will that will follow the social distancing rules and ensure it is witnessed and executed properly.Please telephone 01253 290092 or email suzanne@cobains.co.uk to find out how we can help you.If you are making a will, planning a trust or are needing the services of a probate specialist, Cobains is here to help you. We provide high quality advice on drawing up wills and trusts, along with a full probate service, whether as professional trustees or when instructed by executors.