Contentious Probate

Wills and Inheritance disputes

Dealing with probate and the Estate of a loved one can be a difficult time, particularly if there are concerns about a Will or disagreements about the Estate. Dealing with these problems or disputes can be distressing and confusing; our team have experience and knowledge to help make things clear and will guide you every step of the way.

Making a Will is the best way to make sure that your money, property and personal belongings end up where you want them to be after your death. Unfortunately problems can arise if the Will is not drafted properly, if there are other concerns about the Will, or if others are unhappy about the way the Estate is to be distributed. If there is no Will, or if it leaves out potential beneficiaries, problems can arise. Disputes about how an Estate should be administered can arise. We are here to help and resolve issues as quickly and smoothly as possible and to advise you on all aspects.

Our team have expertise in a wide range of issues, including:

  • Will disputes and challenges to a Will
  • Resolving problems or issues with the Will
  • Dealing with matters where there is no Will
  • Claims against the Estate under the Inheritance Act if no provision has been made for someone
  • Trust disputes and issues with properties
  • Disputes between Executors, beneficiaries and others about the Estate or how the administration is dealt with
  • Concerns about Powers of Attorney and how they are being used

We act on behalf of all parties, including Executors, Administrators, beneficiaries, family members and dependents.

We understand that these matters are particularly sensitive, especially when family members are in disagreement. We give clear advice which is easy to understand, explaining the process and what options you have, as well as the likely next steps. We are with you at every stage. We will be honest about the claim and your position, the strengths and weaknesses and what your options are. We will discuss alternatives to litigation, such as mediation, which may enable disputes to be settled more quickly, at a lower cost and with less stress than through the court.

We ensure that we are clear and transparent about the likely costs and give options on fees. We may be able to offer alternative funding arrangements such as conditional fees, as well as obtaining ATE insurance to provide safeguards against costs risks.

Get in touch now, we are available to answer your questions and show you how we can help.