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Inheritance and Probate Disputes

We combine a sensitive and sympathetic approach to inheritance claims and Will disputes with a determined fighting spirit to ensure the best results are achieved. We have a range of funding options available, including No Win – No Fee and deferred fees. We also operate an inheritance claim HELPLINE offering a FREE case assessment.

Leading inheritance dispute experts

We are one of a few firms in the country to have a dedicated team of lawyers dealing specifically with contested Wills and inheritance claims. We have an excellent track record of success and represent clients nationwide.

Don’t delay in seeking 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 provide you with 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 a lawyer as soon as possible.

Taking early advice 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.

The inheritance dispute services we provide

We offer a full range of inheritance and Will dispute services including:

  • Challenges to the validity of a Will on the grounds of:

lack of mental capacity;
undue influence;
lack of knowledge or approval;
failure to comply with the formalities of executing a will correctly;
revocation by a later will; and
fraud and forgery.

  • Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975;
  • Disputes with executors or trustees and applications to remove and replace them;
  • Applications for the rectification of a will;
  • Claims relating to beneficial interests, estoppel and trusts (including resulting trusts and constructive trusts); and
  • Disputes between beneficiaries.

Funding an inheritance dispute

We have a range of funding options, including no win, no fee and deferred fees.

Free case assessment

To find out where you stand and the funding options open to you, call our FREE legal helpline now on 0808 139 1606 or email us for a free case assessment at [email protected]

Naomi Ireson

Partner – Contentious Probate
Naomi’s areas of practice include inheritance claims, challenges to the validity of wills and beneficial interest claims involving estoppel and constructive trusts.

01823 345653
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Chris Holten

Solicitor – Contentious Probate
Chris combines two areas of practice, specialising in both Contentious Probate disputes and Estate Administration. This includes Wills, Probate and more.

01823 429605
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Chris Green

Solicitor – Contentious Probate
Chris specialises in all aspects of contentious probate litigation including claims under the Inheritance Act and invalid Will challenges.

01823 345654
 [email protected]