Wills, Trusts and Probate Disputes
Contesting a Will, challenging probate or disputing an inheritance can be stressful and complex. Our team of specialist lawyers understands that starting legal action is often a last resort and will handle your matter with sensitivity.
We have many years of experience advising and representing individuals in all manner of family issues arising from Will, probate, trust and inheritance disputes and always seek to resolve any dispute using the most practical and cost-effective methods.
Whether you are making or defending a claim, we always place your needs first and formulate solutions best suited to your individual situation. Our trained mediator can also act as an independent mediator in a dispute if required.
We can also advise personal representatives (executors or administrators), trustees on their role and duties in order to avoid potential disputes.
We can help with:
- Challenging a Will on the basis of capacity, lack of formalities, undue influence, poorly drafted Wills or Wills with mistakes
- Challenging lifetime gifts
- Removal of executors or administrators
- Claims against executors or administrators
- Inheritance Act Claims on the basis of inadequate provision under a Will or intestacy
- Mutual Wills which are a legally binding, contractual arrangement between two or more people making the will
- Disappointed beneficiaries where there was a promise of inheritance which was not fulfilled
- Charity proceedings where the charity is a beneficiary under the Will
- Challenging the validity of a trust
- Breach of trustee duties
- Removal of trustees
- Obtaining directions from the court
- Tracing assets
Our lawyers are based in Kent and London but we act for clients throughout England and Wales, as well as overseas. We are always willing to meet with our clients at any of our offices or, if appropriate, at their home or their place of work. Wherever our clients are based, we ensure we communicate with them in a way that suits them.
In the team we also have a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and Solicitors for the Elderly.
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The freedom to disinherit
Choosing to disinherit a family member is something that needs to be clearly thought out and ensuring this is detailed correctly in your will, could prove vital in successfully defending any claim against your estate. Read more27/03/17
Increase the amount that can pass to your family free of inheritance tax
A recent report revealed that the amount of Inheritance Tax (IHT) paid by British families has risen by more than 90% since 2010. Christopher Eriksson-Lee, Partner in Private Client explores the tax savings possible with careful planning. Read more03/03/17
Unclaimed assets total £1billion
With a reported total of unclaimed assets amounting to £1billion, make sure your assets are accounted for. Read more01/03/17
Protecting your child’s inheritance
It is essential that financial provision for your children on your death is structured in a way that will help them manage the assets more sensibly. Read more14/12/16
How new developments in the scientific world could affect your will
The scientific world is constantly developing and new technologies, once previously deemed as science fiction, are fast becoming part of modern reality. It is therefore understandable that the law is often playing catch-up in trying to regulate the difficult ethical considerations that accompany many scientific developments. Read more28/10/16
The importance of taking advice on your will structure
Paul Daniels’ son appears to be gearing up to bring a claim against his late father’s estate on the basis that his stepmother, Debbie McGee has not supported him financially since his father’s death in March, according to reports in The Telegraph this week. Read more