Contentious Probate – Personal2020-05-06T15:33:22+00:00

Contentious Probate

What we do

We provide specialist contentious probate and Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 advice.

Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult things any of us will have to go through. The grieving process is exacerbated when there is a dispute relating to the administration of a deceased person’s estate, whether it involves a dispute over the value of assets, the interpretation of a will, the validity of the will, the capacity of the deceased when they made the will, undue influence regarding the drafting and execution of the will or dealing with difficult executors or feuding beneficiaries.

We aim to resolve contentious probate disputes quickly and cost-effectively and have significant experience in dealing with all manner of contentious probate issues.

Not being left reasonable financial provision under a will or the Inheritance Act is extremely common. We specialising in advising on Inheritance Act claims and normally manage to achieve a resolution without the parties having to attend a Trial.

How we do it

Our specialist solicitors make it a priority to understand family history, the extent of the assets, why a claim is being brought or why you wish to bring a claim. They can then provide you with both legal and practical advice to reach a conclusion as quickly as possible.

We are experts in litigation involving:

  • The validity of the Will
  • The deceased’s capacity
  • Undue influence
  • EU succession regulations
  • Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants Act)
  • Proprietary estoppel and constructive trust
  • Larke v Nugus requests
  • The removal of executors and trustees
  • Breach of trust
  • Caveats

Why choose us

We have dedicated solicitors that only practise in contentious probate, Inheritance Act claims and Court of Protection disputes.

The department won the prestigious award of Best Dispute Resolution Team of the Year in 2018 and incredibly was nominated as finalists in 2019. We are also the winner of Law Firm of the Year in the 2019 Dorset Legal Awards (up to 99 employees).

The department and the individual solicitors are recognised by the Legal 500, an independent business that rates the best law firms and specialist departments.

We work closely with our Private Client department, which won the Best Private Client Department in the Dorset Legal Awards in 2018 and 2019, being the only department in any category to retain the title. The department and the solicitors within it are also ranked by the Legal 500.

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