Will Disputes & Contentious Probate
Contentious Probate refers to any form of dispute over the administration of an estate. These disputes often arise when there is disagreement over the interpretation of a Will, the value of the assets or a disagreement between the Executors or Beneficiaries.
A key part of the role of an Executor or Administrator is to ensure that the deceased’s true and final wishes are carried out. If you feel that your loved one’s true wishes are not being followed through – perhaps because there is an error in the Will or the estate is being mismanaged – you should consider obtaining advice from a Contentious Probate Solicitor in order to raise a claim.
Will Disputes are the most common form of Contentious Probate.
A Will might be challenged due to one of the following reasons:
- Lack of mental capacity
- Undue Influence
- Lack of knowledge of the contents of the Will
- Lack of approval of the assets in the Will
- Lack of due execution of the Will
You do not need to be a Beneficiary or Executor under the Will in order to make a claim. You may have been promised an inheritance by the deceased, disinherited from the estate, a relative to the deceased or affected by the Will or any previous Will.
Further to this, if you feel that the Will does not provide reasonable financial provision and you are a relative or dependant of the deceased, you can make a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.
If you feel that the above is applicable to your own situation, you may wish to dispute the Will. We understand that these matters can be stressful which is why we are here to handle the difficult tasks on your behalf.
Our Probate team have the necessary skills and experience to resolve your dispute in a sensitive, transparent and efficient manner. We aim to ensure a positive resolution to the issue at hand whilst maintaining open communication with you and putting your needs at the forefront.
We are committed to providing advice that acknowledges the complexity of the situation whilst remaining relevant and straight-forward.
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