Contentious Probate Solicitors

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Disputes over the distribution of a loved one’s estate are extremely sensitive matters and can lead to significant tension and stress. Whether you are considering contesting a Will, taking action against an Executor or challenging a lifetime gift, our specialist team of contentious probate solicitors can help you through the process.

The contentious probate of family structures with re-marriages, cohabitation and step children means that disputes over inheritance are more common than ever. Clerical errors, misunderstandings and complex family relationships can often lead to misinterpretation of a deceased person’s intentions and this can result in claims being made against the estate.

When Probate Gets Complicated: How Contentious Probate Solicitors Can Help

When a person dies they leave behind an estate comprising their property and belongings which must be distributed in accordance with their Will. If a Will is not valid or there is no Will then the Intestacy Rules will determine who receives the estate. The Rules are prescriptive and do not allow for a bespoke division of the estate and this can lead to arguments and dispute.

A claim for reasonable financial provision in accordance with the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975 is a specific type of probate dispute and there are certain time limits that must be observed or special permission may be required from the Court. Typically such claims are brought within six months of the Grant of Probate being obtained and it is recommended that you seek legal advice as soon as possible.