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 trusts disputes. Our team includes three partners and four associate solicitors who deal exclusively with inheritance and contentious probate 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.
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.
We also assist beneficiaries, executors and charities in defending Inheritance Act claims and disputed Will challenges.
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.
We are often able to work on a No Win – No Fee basis and will be happy to review the suitability of any 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.
For expert guidance on any area of contentious probate law contact a member of our specialist inheritance dispute team, which includes partners Naomi Ireson, Chris Holten and Hayley Bundey, as well as solicitors Anya Hoyland, David Lees and Sarah Coombs. They all specialise exclusively in inheritance dispute claims and will be happy to have an informal chat with you about your case.
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