Contentious Probate

Contentious Probate is a dispute relating to the administration of a deceased’s persons estate.  This could include a dispute between Executors and/or Beneficiaries, a dispute over the interpretation of a Will, or a dispute over the value of estate assets.

Dealing with the death of a loved one is never easy and the administration of an estate can be very complex and lengthy.  It is possible that you may feel that a loved one’s estate Is not being managed properly and you may want to consider contesting the Will.

Claims for reasonable financial provision:

Certain categories of people may be able to make an application to the Court to claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 for reasonable financial provision. 

Contesting the validity of a Will:

The law sets out the requirements for a Will to be valid.  If there is a question as to whether the Will was made in accordance with the law then it may be contested.  There must be grounds and evidence to support such a claim. 

Defending a claim:

We are able to represent the beneficiaries of an Estate where a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 is being made or the validity of the Will is being questioned, which may result in the beneficiaries’ share under the terms of the Will or intestacy (dying without a Will) being reduced or removed. 

Acting for Executors:

When a claim is being made against an Estate, the Executors must remain neutral but nevertheless in most cases will require advise and representation, we are able to assist. 

Our fee for this services is charged on a percentage rate basis which is currently 2.47% of the value of the gross Estate plus VAT per hour plus disbursements

We will ensure that Executors are kept informed of the progress throughout the matter.

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