Keep it in the family: Inheritance disputes and farming families
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. She is ranked in the Legal 500 as an elite lawyer and a leader in her field. She has also featured in the Chambers UK legal directory since 2013.
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.
Qualifications and Memberships
- Association of Contested Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS)
- Professional Negligence Lawyers Association (PNLA)
Some of Deborah's recent cases include:
- Acting for the widow of a wealthy internationally renowned businessman in relation to her claim on his estate.
- Acting for the illegitimate child of a deceased person in a claim against his multi-million pound estate.
- Defending trustees against claims for breach of trust / fiduciary duty.
- Acting for a dairy farmer in a dispute with his father's widow concerning the future of the family farm.
- Acting for the family of a deceased gentleman in their challenge of a homemade will which left his entire estate to his carer.
Articles by Deborah