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.
At an initial meeting, a solicitor will listen to your concerns, discuss your options and advise on the strength of your case.
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 and we are home to one of the largest and most respected teams of specialist wills, probate, tax & trusts solicitors in the Thames Valley.
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.
Our comprehensive range of legal services allows our clients to manage all of their private needs, and where relevant their commercial interests, more efficiently and cost-effectively using a single law firm.