Blandy & Blandy LLP Solicitors

"Notable team handling work including contested probate matters."

Chambers UK

For You & Your Family

Wills, Probate and Inheritance Disputes

Specialist solicitors in our established Dispute Resolution team, based in Reading and the Thames Valley, advise individuals on a wide range of disputes, including contesting a will, inheritance claims for reasonable financial provision from an estate, and issues where executors and trustees are not dealing with the estate as they should.

Our Expertise

When a person dies, their estate will be dealt with as detailed in their will, or under the intestacy rules if a will does not exist. If you do not believe that a will expresses an individual’s true wishes, for example because they may have been unduly influenced, or that a will may be invalid as it wasn’t signed correctly or they lacked capacity, you may have grounds upon which to contest the will. If you have been left out of a will or not properly provided for by the will or intestacy then you may wish to consider a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.  You may find our blog article on ‘who can make a claim?’ useful.

Other common issues  we assist with are cases where the  executors may not be administering the estate as they should; for example not paying out the beneficiaries or providing account, disputes about how a property should be dealt with on the death of an owner, issues around the wording of wills and disputes between trustees and beneficiaries.

Our dedicated Dispute Resolution team is recommended in the UK’s leading guides to law firms, Chambers UK and The Legal 500.

At an initial meeting, a solicitor will listen to your concerns, discuss your options and advise on the strength of your case.

While we are highly experienced in pursuing and defending disputes through litigation and in the courts, we recognise the demands that unresolved disputes can place on you and will work to help you avoid the need for litigation where possible.

What We Can Help You With

  • Caveats
  • Challenging a will
  • Claims against executors & trustees
  • Claims for the rectification of a will
  • Constructive trusts
  • Disappointed beneficiary claims
  • Disputes regarding burial and ashes
  • Disputes regarding lifetime gifts
  • Inheritance Act claims
  • Issues concerning the interpretation of the will
  • Issues concerning the validity of a will
  • Joint ownership issues
  • Legacy disputes
  • Mutual will cases
  • Proprietary estoppel cases
  • Removal and replacement of personal representatives and trustees
  • Undue influence claims

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Why Choose Us?

LEADING REPUTATION

We are widely acknowledged as one of the Thames Valley’s leading firms of solicitors advising individuals on wills, trusts and inheritance disputes, with conveniently located offices in Reading, Henley-on-Thames and London.

APPROACHABLE SERVICE

Listening carefully to our clients’ needs and aims, we are committed to providing clear, practical and effective legal advice, a responsive and highly personal service and, crucially, value for money.

OUTSTANDING CLIENT CARE

We appreciate and are proud of the excellent feedback we continue to receive. In a recent firm wide survey of nearly 400 clients, 99% said that they would recommend us to others and 100% rated their experience as ‘good’ to ‘excellent’.

EXPERTISE AND EXPERIENCE

Having advised individuals in relation to personal dispute resolution and litigation matters for many decades, you can trust in our significant expertise and experience.

A JOINED UP APPROACH

You can rely on our specialist expertise in other areas, ranging from wills and estate planning to probate administration and property, if needed.

Meet the Team

For expert legal advice call our Dispute Resolution team
Reading 0118 951 6800 or Henley-on-Thames 01491 572 323

Philip D'Arcy

Philip D'Arcy

Partner, Dispute Resolution & Notary Public

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Pippa Lee

Pippa Lee

Senior Solicitor, Dispute Resolution

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Eleanor Waters

Eleanor Waters

Solicitor, Dispute Resolution

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“An important figure in the team is Philip D'Arcy for contentious probate instructions.”

The Legal 500

“You have been wonderful and I cannot thank you enough for your assistance for what has been a very distressful and emotional time for both myself and my family.”

Client

“Thank you. You did a brilliant job and I will be continuing to use you in any legal capacity.”

Client

“I would like to say thank you for your professional help in resolving these problems for me. I did not expect to be getting these results so quickly so I am very pleased.”

Client

“We are all very appreciative of what you have achieved for us; we could not have done it without you.”

Client

Awards & Accreditations

Recommended, Chambers UK

Recommended, Chambers UK

Recommended, The Legal 500

Recommended, The Legal 500

Winner - 'Best Probate Law Firm - London/South East', UK Probate Research Awards 2019

Winner - 'Best Probate Law Firm - London/South East', UK Probate Research Awards 2019

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