Contentious Probate & Inheritance Claims
Arguments between relatives and family members over a person’s will can be painful and deeply divisive. We follow the guidance and code of conduct set by the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS). Areas in which our contentious trust and probate team have particular experience and expertise include arguments over a person’s entitlement to be a beneficiary under a will, where there are questions over the deceased’s testamentary capacity or where undue influence may have been exercised over them, as well as where there are questions as to the construction, interpretation or validity of a will (including advising in respect of ‘Mutual Wills’ claims).
We also act in claims over the administration of an estate, including where necessary making applications to the Court to pass over or remove Executors and deal with disputes relating to a Power of Attorney, including applications to the Court of Protection to have a Deputy removed or appointed.
We are regularly instructed to act for members of the family or dependants of someone who has died where either no or inadequate provision was made for them, which can result in a claim being issued for a share of the deceased’s Estate under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. We also handle issues concerning insolvent estates.
Our contentious trust and probate team also advises in situations where there has been negligent drafting of a will and has experience of pursuing claims against solicitors on behalf of disappointed beneficiaries.
To speak to one of our Contentious Trust and Probate specialists in confidence, please contact us.
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