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.