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  • Overview

    Highly experienced contentious probate lawyers

    For most people, the phrase “contentious trusts and probate” is intimidating.  Unfortunately, inheritance disputes or disagreements over wealth held in a trust are not rare.  No dispute is easy or pleasant, but inheritance disputes can be especially difficult for families. When you add to the dispute the extreme emotions connected with the death of a family member or a loved one, this escalates the dispute into a conflict.  Add to the conflict the unusual sounding, complicated language filled with unfamiliar terms that this area of law lends itself to, and you have a recipe for a conflict that seems just impossible to resolve. 

    Our specialist team of contentious probate lawyers deals with all sorts of trusts and estates in dispute, including complex trusts and estates.  We act in disputes between trustees and beneficiaries, bereaved siblings, those inheriting and those in charge of trusts or estates.  We particularly specialise in dealing with trusts and estates that involve rural property and those that have assets located in different countries or multiple jurisdictions but rest assured that our contentious probate lawyers are well equipped to provide you with support on any type of issue. 

    Our contentious probate lawyers can help with:

    • Disputes over wills and inheritance disputes
    • Disputes over trusts
    • Claims under Inheritance (Provision for Family Dependants) Act 1975
    • Disagreements with those managing wills or trusts
    • Removal of Personal Representatives or trustees
    • Proprietary estoppel and constructive trust claims
    • Administration of estates and trusts entangled in disputes, including independent administration services
    • A whole range of other contentious probate applications including, citations, subpoenas, Beddoe relief and applications for blessing of the fiduciary's decisions
    • Representation of minors and disabled people in applications for variation of trust documents or in any dispute
    • Professional negligence matters relating to any of the above.


    If you require sound and understanding advice on any of these matters, get in touch with our contentious probate lawyers today. 

  • Related Client Stories

    Marriage revokes a will

    We represented a client who had prepared a homemade mirror will with his partner, i.e. they left everything to the survivor when the first partner passed away. They had a long period of cohabiting but never married. However, the female was diagnosed with terminal cancer and the couple, who were in their later life, decided to marry to enjoy the end of their lives as husband and wife. What they were not aware of was the fact that marriage revokes a will. Had the wills been drafted by a solicitor or will-writer, they would have been advised of this and could have then made new mirror wills upon their marriage.

    “Common law marriage”

    We acted for a lady whose partner died following a short illness. They owned a property together and had been in a relationship spanning 20 years. The couple had never married and always believed that their estates would pass to each other regardless. However, the concept of “common law marriage” is a myth.

  • Latest Updates

    Making a will, key considerations

    One of our lawyers Amy Lane recently shared her thoughts on the importance of making a will with leading lifestyle publication SheerLuxe https://sheerluxe.com/2020/01/20/when-how-and-why-you-should-draw-will.

    Why probate is only the first step in managing someone’s estate

    When someone dies it can be a difficult time for family or friends who are left to deal with the deceased’s estate. At Thomson Snell & Passmore we aim to help the bereaved due to our joined up and client centric approach.

    A costly reminder: The importance of ADR

    An almost century-old law has been used in an interesting inheritance case, in which the court had to decide which spouse of an elderly couple died first.

    The inheritance battle over which parent died first

    Monika Bryska comments on an inheritance battle article.

    Contentious trust and probate welcome a new lawyer to complete the team.

    Mollie Ferguson joins newly appointed Partner, Monika Byrska to further expand the department of specialist lawyers at Thomson Snell & Passmore.

    Domicile And Disputed Wills - The Impact Of Social Media

    A case involving the French entertainment star has highlighted the role social media can play in swaying decisions about domicile for the purposes of contested wills.

    Probate: frequently asked questions

    Dealing with probate can be extremely stressful, particularly if the estate of the deceased is not straightforward. Our specialist lawyers are experienced in all aspects of probate matters and can support you as much, or as little, as you like.

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A highly professional team - always a sound choice.

The Legal 500 2020

Genuinely nice people who are a pleasure to work with.

The Legal 500 2020

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