The death of a partner, parent or other loved one is always distressing. It can be stressful when the Will is challenged and claims are made by others to share the estate. On the other hand, sometimes the Will or the operation of the law makes inadequate provision for those who are left behind. On occasion, there are disputes about tax issues. Prompt action is often necessary because time limits exist within which these types of claims must be brought.
Our clients benefit from the team's timely and sympathetic advice on the wide ranging legal implications of making or defending such a claim. We have the necessary expertise to fight your case in the courts where appropriate but we are also committed to the constructive resolution of disputes by mediation or negotiation wherever possible.
We act regularly in bringing and defending claims in estates and trusts from the very small to the very large. For example, we were recently successful in the High Court in defending a claim against the validity of a will in an estate worth approximately £250,000 and are advising clients in cases where the estate value has reached up to £2.75 million. On the other hand we have settled claims where the value of an estate was £100,000 or less.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, we may be able to offer an initial meeting and follow up letter of advice at a fixed fee.
This is a broad area where disputes of varying natures can arise, but some of the key areas which we deal with are detailed on our Will, Trust & Court of Protection Disputes page.
See our will disputes expert Amanda Smallcombe on BBC's Inside Out: