Inheritance Disputes

We combine a sensitive and sympathetic approach to inheritance disputes and contested probate law with a determined fighting spirit to ensure the best results are achieved. Our team of specialist lawyers represents clients nationwide. We have a range of funding options available, including No Win – No Fee and deferred fees. We also operate an inheritance dispute HELPLINE offering a FREE case assessment. Just call 0333 888 0404 or send brief details to us at [email protected]

Leading inheritance dispute experts

We are one of a few firms of solicitors in the country to have a dedicated team of lawyers dealing specifically with inheritance disputes, contested wills and contentious probate claims. Our team includes three partners who deal exclusively with inheritance cases. Between them they have many years experience and an excellent track record of success.

We deal with all aspects of contentious probate law, including claims under the Inheritance Act, contesting the validity of wills on grounds such as mental capacity, undue influence and fraud, and dealing with disputes with executors and beneficiaries. We are also highly experienced in dealing with disputes that involve assets abroad as well as claims based on proprietary estoppel.

Don’t delay in seeking expert legal advice

We know how painful it can be when you lose a loved one, but it’s important not to delay in seeking specialist legal advice when an inheritance dispute arises.

It’s natural to be upset if you discover someone close to you has favoured another family member or friend in their will, or has failed to give you the financial protection you expected. Although it can be difficult at these times to think about the legal side of things it is important to speak to an expert lawyer as soon as possible.

Taking advice early on may ensure you do not lose the ability to challenge the distribution of the estate or the validity of the will itself. Strict time limits operate, especially in relation to Inheritance Act claims, where court proceedings must be brought within six months of probate. You could therefore lose out if you don’t act quickly.

The benefits of mediation

Judges encourage parties to resolve inheritance claims and will disputes before they reach the courtroom. We are strong advocates of alternative dispute resolution, particularly mediation. Not only is mediation cheaper and faster than court action, but it also provides a better chance of restoring family relationships.

Funding

We are often able to work on a No Win – No Fee basis and will be happy to review the suitability of any potential case free of charge. We can also work on a ‘deferred fees’ basis where payment of the legal costs is deferred until the estate has been administered.

Areas of Specialism:

We are hugely experienced in dealing with cases where the validity of a will is disputed. We are proud of our track record of success which includes claims involving mental incapacity, undue influence and fraud.
Our team have achieved great success in bringing and defending Inheritance Act claims, many involving multi-million pound estates.
Disputes between executors or trustees are common. When matters reach crisis point and legal intervention is required then our specialist team is on hand to offer expert guidance.
If you need help with a caveat, warning or appearance then our highly experienced lawyers will be able to give you the guidance you need.
Have you lost out as a result of someone going back on their word? Have you been made a financial promise that hasn’t been honoured? Has a loved one been persuaded to transfer their interest in a property to somebody else? Our specialist team are experienced in dealing with this complex area of law.
We have a proven track record in both bringing and defending Inheritance Act and beneficial interest claims, on behalf of the LGBT community. Speak to specialist solicitor Chris Holten about how we can help you.

Work with our team:

Partner
Naomi’s areas of practice include inheritance claims, challenges to the validity of wills and beneficial interest claims involving estoppel and constructive trusts.
Partner
Hayley Bundey is a partner specialising in contentious probate and inheritance law. She has extensive experience in claims under the Inheritance Act 1975, challenges to the validity of wills, trust & executor disputes and beneficial interest claims.
Partner
Naomi’s areas of practice include inheritance claims, challenges to the validity of wills and beneficial interest claims involving estoppel and constructive trusts.
Partner
Hayley Bundey is a partner specialising in contentious probate and inheritance law. She has extensive experience in claims under the Inheritance Act 1975, challenges to the validity of wills, trust & executor disputes and beneficial interest claims.