Will Disputes, Inheritance Disputes & Contentious Probate

When there is a dispute over somebodies’ Will, the way their Estate is being administered or the distribution of their assets, it can be highly upsetting and frustrating, with the potential to seriously damage family relationships. However, with the right approach, it is usually possible to resolve these matters in a positive way that protects your inheritance rights and minimises any hurt feelings.

Often referred to ‘contentious probate’ or ‘contested probate’ claims, the key to resolving these types of claims is usually to unravel the complex emotions surrounding them. You therefore need the support of a legal team who can take a sensitive but firm approach, getting you the outcome you need in the right way for your family.

We can offer you a dedicated and experienced lawyer who will handle your case from start to finish. They will be your point of contact whenever you have a question or want an update and we will always do our best to be available to you whenever you need us.

For an initial no obligation consultation on your rights and legal options, please call now 020 8949 9500 or request a call back.

How we can help with contentious probate

Our Civil Litigation team is highly experienced in this area and can offer an empathetic ear to anyone who finds themselves involved in one of these types of disputes. 

Our advice is practical and pragmatic and always intended to achieve the best possible outcome for you and your loved ones.  This can often involve greater issues than just financial reward and we know that it may be as important to you to achieve harmony within your family as well as a sense of fairness. 

We use a variety of methods, such as mediation or without prejudice meetings to try to achieve a fair settlement to your dispute while avoiding court proceedings wherever possible. This not only help to defuse family tensions, it can also allow you to achieve a resolution faster and at much lower cost.

We work closely with our Wills, Probate & Estate Planning team to give you the best all round advice.  We also have a good relationship with leading Barristers and experts in these areas, who can provide more complex advice or representation at Court, in those rare cases where an out of court settlement cannot be agreed.

Types of contentious probate claims we can assist with

Our highly experienced team can assist you with the following types of contested probate claims:

  • Contesting the validity of someone’s Will – if you feel that there has been undue influence by a third party or the person preparing the Will lacked mental capacity.
  • Contesting the wording or interpretation of someone’s Will – if you consider the Will has not been clear on the testator’s wishes then you may want our assistance to challenge the wording or interpretation.
  • Claims for Reasonable Financial Provision from a Deceased person’s Estate – if you consider that someone’s Will has not left you reasonable financial provision and you wish to challenge the Will on that basis.
  • Issues surrounding the Administration of someone’s Estate – if you consider the Administrators or Personal Representatives are not carrying out their duties properly.

Speak to our contentious probate solicitors in New Malden, Surrey now

If you are involved in a dispute over a will, dispute or any other inheritance matters, or would like advice about your rights, you can book an initial no obligation consultation now by calling 020 8949 9500 or requesting a call back.