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    Specialist will dispute lawyers in Kent

    A will is no ordinary document.  It is the expression of the last, yet most important decision anyone can ever make.  It disposes of everything a person has had.  The extraordinary nature of what a will is, means that when it comes to doubts or disagreement over a will’s validity or effect, you want to be sure that the adviser you have on your side is a true specialist.  Your adviser must be able to fight your corner, yet they must also understand and appreciate not only the issues, but also the emotions and relationships at stake.

    What kind of disputes can arise?

    Disputes in relation to wills can arise for a variety of reasons:  
    •    A will cannot be found 
    •    You think the will you found is wrong 
    •    You are not sure if the will is valid 
    •    There are doubts about whether the person who made the will (testator) had the mental capacity to create such an important document.  
    •    There are doubts about whether the testator knew and approved the will 
    •    There is a suspicion that others influenced the decisions of the person making the will.  
    •    There is a suspicion the will has been forged or planted after the testator’s death 
    •    The will is unclear due to the will writer’s mistake or a clerical error.

    We act for people in all of the above listed circumstances.  We act for those wishing to contest a will and those wishing to prove that the will is valid (i.e. wishing to propound the will).  We represent beneficiaries in disputes, but also those who are named in the will as executors.  We also act as independent administrators in cases where disputes take too long to resolve or end with the removal of executors.  

    Estates which are large and complex are more likely to be in dispute.  However, we act in disputes of all shapes and sizes, including those where assets are in different jurisdictions or involve agricultural land.  

    In addition, we work closely with our specialist Wills, Probate, Trusts and Tax Planning team, we advise on preventative measures that can be taken by clients to try to avoid such disputes. Get in touch with our team of will dispute lawyers for assistance today.

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    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.

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

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

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    Inheritance Act Claim

    We recently acted for beneficiaries of an estate in a claim brought by the longstanding partner of the deceased.

  • Latest Updates

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    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.

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    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.

    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.

    When you can challenge a will

    Despite common misconceptions, there are only four possible ways to challenge a will. 

    Independent administrator service

    Independent administration is a service solicitors and families can use when there are recalcitrant executors, intractable differences of opinion or contested wills combined with a need to protect an element or the whole of a deceased’s estate.

    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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