• Profile:

    Deborah is a Partner at Brachers specialising in disputes and litigation concerning or connected to wills, trusts, the estates of deceased persons, and all other inheritance/post death-related issues. She also deals with matters relating to the abuse of the elderly.

    Deborah joined Brachers in April 2017 having worked previously in Sussex and London. She is a specialist in contentious trust and probate work and is a longstanding member of both the Association of Contested Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) and the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association (PNLA).

    Deborah is exceptionally experienced in this specialist field of law and she frequently writes articles and delivers seminars on the subject.

    Deborah is named as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’ in the Legal 500 2022 directory.

    Deborah specialises in:

    • Disputes relating to the validity of a will or a codicil
    • Claims for financial provision from an estate under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975
    • Claims made for provision from an estate based on a lifetime promise
    • Disputes between beneficiaries and trustees/personal representatives (executors), including applications to remove trustees/personal representatives (executors)
    • Breach of trust claims
    • Disputes between trustees/personal representatives/executors
    • Disputes between the beneficiaries of a trust or a will
    • Disputes about the validity of transactions made during the lifetime of a person now deceased
    • How to deal with, or how to make requests for information and documents (including wills);
    • Disputes about the meaning of a will or trust document
    • Claims in negligence against professionals such as will draftsmen or those administering an estate.

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    • I have referred contentious estates work to Deborah Cain. She is a very impressive contentious probate lawyer with a wealth of knowledge and experience. She is also popular with clients.

      The Legal 500 2022
    • Deborah Cain is friendly and very approachable – we are pleased that she is working for us, not against us! We have a fantastic relationship with her and received excellent advice with a very difficult issue – she listens, understands and advises.

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