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  • Overview

    We advise beneficiaries, trustees, executors, administrators or charities who find themselves involved in disputes or litigation when wills or probate arrangements are being challenged.

    We also advise on claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and for clients wishing to contend irregularities with wills or how Grants of Probate have been obtained.

    In addition, working closely with our specialist Wills, Trusts and Tax Planning team, we advise on preventative measures that can be taken by trustees and executors to try to avoid such disputes.

    What is contentious probate?

    In basic terms, contentious probate occurs when there is a disagreement over the division of a person’s estate after they have died. Common probate disputes include:

    • A beneficiary feeling that the will did not reflect what they were promised or deserved.
    • Concerns about the circumstances in which a will was created.
    • The named executor of the will cannot be contacted or has been otherwise uncooperative.
    • Questions over interpretations of the will or probate arrangements.

    As legal professionals specialising in contesting wills, issuing Inheritance Act claims and dealing with trust disputes, our team have the experience to expertly advise on any contentious probate case. For further information please contact one of the team below.

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He is an excellent representative of the business and its values: client care and professionalism. He sets the benchmark for the firm brilliantly

Chambers UK 2015

My case file was handled efficiently and with a positive result. I received feedback at sensible times throughout the case. I was able to give input at all times  

Client

I have used Mark Steggles before and found his work efficient and without fuss

Client

“Clients say senior associate Mark Steggles 'will get on with the work without us having to chase him, and he has a good balance of commercial intelligence and legal knowledge'.

Chambers UK

“Kirstie was helpful and very pleasant from the start. She gave me useful, informal advice before we agreed a formal legal relationship and I valued this very much.” 

Client

“Sarah is professional, well-organised, and thorough in her work. I was impressed by the way in which she kept matters cool and polite when dealing with my ex-husband's solicitor, always focused on the task at hand and never engaging in power games.  The outcome of the divorce was very satisfying for me, I felt well-advised and supported by Sarah Keily and Emma Sumner, and it is most gratifying to be able to have such high quality legal service locally.” 

Client

“I found Sarah very approachable and her advice pragmatic. She immediately understood my situation and I felt comfortable in sharing information about my situation. The written advice that followed was easy to understand and I felt clear about my options.”

Client

“Joanna Pratt is 'sensible and sensitive. She really cares about her clients and has the human touch while being efficient and staying on top of things.'”

Chambers UK 2015

“Sarah Judd 'takes on the unusual cases and is able to think creatively - she's able to handle cases that others can't fit into their envelope of practice.'” 

Chambers UK 2015

“Kirstie Law is 'absolutely committed to moving things along, getting a result and resolving cases,' Sources say: 'She is one of the most effective lawyers practising in this area. Her approach is wonderfully refreshing and straightforward.”

Chambers UK 2015

“I found everyone helpful, considerate and professional. At times I believe Joanna Pratt and Amy England went above and beyond the 'normal' course of duty. The advice and support given to me was excellent."

Client

“I know it is your job but thank you for making this awful process bearable. You gave me the confidence to get through it with your professionalism”

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Clients say senior associate Mark Steggles 'will get on with the work without us having to chase him, and he has a good balance of commercial intelligence and legal knowledge'.

Chambers UK 2015

They are always available and give us constant updates.

Chambers UK 2015

They give straightforward answers to things - they don't try to blindside with legalese, and they respond really quickly.

Chambers UK 2015

Everybody is helpful. It is a first-rate firm and they are splendid as a team.

Chambers UK 2015

Thomson Snell & Passmore’s team is praised for its ‘superb knowledge and business acumen’.

Legal 500 2014

The firm has a client-centred ethos and commitment to a good service.

Chambers UK 2014

The practice is noted for its ‘good response times’, ‘value for money’ and ‘efficient service’.

The Legal 500 2013

George is fab, extremely professional and thorough.

Client

I was very pleased with the due care and attention I was given in this matter.

Client

We had a long standing problem and Alison explained clearly our current options, which enabled us to progress. We felt confident with the advice she gave us.

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