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  • Overview

    Our lawyers will adopt a sensitive but commercial approach, looking for innovative solutions.

    What kind of disputes can arise?

    Disputes can arise at the outset, for example:

    • Was there a later will?
    • Did the testator have mental capacity?
    • Did he / she understand the contents of the will and its consequences?
    • Was the will validly signed by the testator and witness? Were the signing formalities correctly observed?
    • Were the signing formalities correctly observed?
    • Was the will made under pressure from (ie under the undue influence of) a beneficiary?
    • Is the particular executor or administrator suitable to deal with the estate?
       

    Disputes can also arise in the course of administering an estate, for example:

    • Are the terms of the will ambiguous?
    • Has there been delay by the executors or administrators?
    • What if they fall out with each other?
    • What if they prefer the interests of one beneficiary over those of another?
    • What if they fail to sufficiently safeguard the assets for the beneficiaries or sell assets at an undervalue?
    • What if they fail to produce accounts?
    • What if you are an executor or administrator facing these allegations?
       

    What is the benefit of using a probate or a will dispute resolution solicitor?

    A will specialist solicitor will provide practical advice on safeguarding your position (for example by entering a caveat) and on then resolving the dispute outside of the Court process if possible. If necessary an application will be made to the Court.  Whatever action is taken, we will take particular care to minimise the risks you face on costs, and to see what can be done to recover costs from the estate or from your opponent.

    Free initial telephone consultation

    Call Nick Horton on 01892 701313, or email him to discuss your needs and options.

  • Related Client Stories

    Our Dispute Resolution team advised Executors on a claim brought by estranged family member

    We advised Executors on a claim brought by an estranged son of the deceased against the Estate under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

    Claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975

    We acted for a charity as the main beneficiary under the Will of the deceased.  The deceased’s girlfriend brought a claim against the estate under the Inheritance Act 1975 as a financial dependant.  She had cared for the deceased in the lead up to his death and allegedly he had intended on changing his Will to add her as a beneficiary under it.  The claim was defended but we were able to successfully negotiate through correspondence a settlement in the best interests of our client without the cost of them having to defend court proceedings. 

    When the relationship between co-executors breaks down

    Our client was appointed as his mother’s executor along with another family member. The relationship between the executors had quickly become unworkable.

    Security for executor of an estate threatened by future claim

    A claim was threatened against the deceased’s estate and as the executor, our client was therefore reluctant to make any distributions.

    Executor fights claim against siblings who ignored Will

    Our client had been appointed as the sole executor and a major beneficiary under her mother’s last Will.

    Multiple Death Intestacy

    An entire family, including children died in a tragic accident.  None of the family had a Will and we were asked to obtain Grants of Letters of Administration.

    Client seeking financial support after her mother left 50% of her £6 million estate (including farmland) to charity

    Challenging the validity of multiple wills for a person who lacks capacity

    Proprietary estoppel dispute

    Probate dispute

    International probate

    We recently acted for the widower who currently resides in Florida, USA. His wife actually died in 1982, at a relatively young age. She had died in Virginia, USA and was considered to have been domiciled there. At the time of her death, she had inherited a reversionary interest in her father’s estate, which would pass to her or her estate upon the death of the life tenant of the will trust, her step mother. Both her father and step mother were domiciled in England and Wales.

  • Latest Updates

    Change to probate fees - what next?

    The motion to approve the Non-Contentious Probate (Fees) Order had been due to be voted on in the House of Commons for some time.

    FAQ: Probate

    These frequently asked questions will help you understand more about the probate process.

    Could you potentially challenge a will?

    Have you found yourself in the distressing position where you have lost a loved one and not been provided for by his or her will? If so, it is worth considering whether you might be able to challenge that person’s will and the possible ways to do so.

    Planning for all eventualities: The use of 'common tragedy clauses' in wills

    Richard Cousins, chief executive of Compass Group, died in a seaplane crash with his two sons, fiancée, and her daughter on New Year’s Eve 2018.

    Law Commission’s consultation on the law of wills

    Thomson Snell & Passmore has responded to the Law Commission’s consultation on the law of wills.

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Kirstie Hancock listened to me and if it was not possible to do what I wanted explained why I could not do it and offered a solution. Pleasant, helpful and informative service.

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The Legal 500 2014

Clients note the firm’s ‘very reasonable costs’.

The Legal 500 2013

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The whole process was made very simple.

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Very sympathetic and understanding during a very difficult period of my life.

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Initial contact was made at a time of great stress and I was glad to 'hand over' some of my concerns to TS&P. Their expertise and consideration has been a comfort in a time of continual stress. Thank you.”

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Sarah responded quickly and offered me sensible solution, and covered all the loop holes.

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