If you’re involved in a dispute about how a person’s estate should be administered, our solicitors can help you reach a resolution and minimise the risk of further stress.
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The death of a loved one and the probate process is always a difficult time but can be made worse by a disagreement about the way their estate is administered. Where a disagreement results in a dispute or claim, the probate becomes contentious.
Contentious probate can arise for a number of reasons, but common ones include disagreements about the validity of a will or claims under the Inheritance Act. Whatever the reason, we understand the emotional turmoil contentious probate can create, which is why we provide straightforward legal advice that is easy to understand and can be acted on quickly.
Whether you wish to pursue your own contentious probate claim or are currently facing one you want to defend, seeking expert legal advice is an important part of achieving the right outcome. Our team is on hand to take the stress of dealing with a contentious probate claim off your shoulders and put your mind at ease.
- Burial Disputes
- Caveats, Warnings & Appearances
- Contested Court of Protection
- Contesting a Trust
- Contesting a Will
- Estate Administration Disputes
- Inheritance Act Claims
- Property & Asset Disputes
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How We Can Help You
Challenging a Will
If you have concerns about the validity of a Will or think it may be fraudulent, it is important to seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity. Challenging the legality of a Will is a serious claim the court requires you to provide reasonable evidence to support your allegation.
Where a will is valid but the instructions in it are unclear or not being followed, our solicitors can help you reach a resolution out of court or make an application to the court for clarification.
Inheritance Act Claims
Under the Inheritance Act, reasonable financial provisions must be provided for spouses, children and other dependents of the deceased. Where a person dies without accounting for this financial provision in their Will, an Inheritance Act Claim can be made.
However, when it comes to this type of claim, there are strict deadlines you must adhere to. In most cases, this means your claim must be made within six months of probate being granted. Therefore, it is important to investigate your claim as quickly as possible.
Defending a Contentious Probate Claim
If you’re the executor of an estate and have been presented with dispute or claim, you may be unsure of what you need to do to build a successful defence. In these cases, our solicitors can take the pressure of managing your defence off your shoulders.
As part of providing expert legal advice, we’ll evaluate the strength of the claim against the estate and whether attempting to reach an agreement out of court is worthwhile. Where necessary we will present your defence to the court.