Challenging a Will
Despite the most careful planning and preparation, disputes can arise when challenging a will or the the validity of trusts. Sometimes this, combined with the complex nature of the probate process, gives rise to disputes about how assets are to be distributed, or who should benefit from particular parts of a deceased person’s estate.
These disputes may include:
- Challenges to the validity of Wills, trusts or lifetime gifts,
- Dissolution or administration of a trust
- Ownership of property
- Claims regarding inadequate (or no) provision in a will or due to intestacy (i.e. lack of a will)
- Disputes based on allegations of negligence, fraud and forgery, undue influence or mental incapacity.
Challenging a will can be emotionally fraught, especially when family relationships are involved. Our specialist solicitors will work to resolve disputes as swiftly and amicably as possible.
Although our Private Client team may initially handle probate, our Disputes Resolution team will normally be involved in the event of a dispute.
We typically seek to resolve claims through sensible negotiation or mediation, resorting to litigation only as a last resort. By taking a smart and measured approach to resolving claims we minimise distress for our clients and also legal costs.
Although the majority of our clients in this field of work are individuals from all walks of life, we also act for charities who believe that they should receive money from an estate.