Estate disputes | Wills, trusts and probate solicitors 

Legal disputes regarding inheritance have increased over recent years due to growing affluence, increased consumer rights awareness, the growth of more complex family structures and an ageing population.

Whether you are involved in a claim, or considering your options, it is important to get the very best legal advice.  Disputes over a will or trust can be distressing for all concerned.  Our sensitive and practical approach will relieve you of the strain involved.

We are experienced in resolving family and financial disputes on a pragmatic basis.  We aim to resolve matters where possible through a non-adversarial approach out of court, involving pre-action protocols, mediation / Alternative Dispute Resolution and deeds of variation.  Underlying that, we have extensive litigation experience.  If court action is needed, we will proceed quickly and robustly to protect our client’s best interests.

We act for administrators, executors, beneficiaries and dependants regarding all aspects of contentious probate and trust matters.

Our team has in depth experience of problematic and high value disputes and issues following the death of a family member, involving houses, businesses, partnerships, shareholdings, property, farms, land holdings and other assets, including property abroad.

We advise and act in disputes including:

  • Disputed wills
  • Contentious probate
  • Testamentary capacity
  • Disputes involving trusts
  • Claims for removal of or sanctions against executors, administrators, trustees
  • Disappointed beneficiaries
  • Inheritance Act claims (IFPDA 1975)
  • Promissory and proprietary estoppel claims
  • Negligently drafted wills, and claims against executors (professional negligence claims against will writers, solicitors and banks acting as trustees)
  • Disputed Powers of Attorney

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Expert Advice

Andrew Milburn


T. 0113 297 3181

Andrew is Head of Wills, Probate and Trusts and has experience in a wide range of areas of private client work. Andrew is a Dementia Friend, a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) as well as Solicitors for the Elderly.

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Expert Advice

Paul Sykes


T. 0113 297 3199

Paul is the Head of the Dispute Resolution team at Levi Solicitors. He has many years of experience in estate disputes and is a member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS).

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We offer a FREE consultation. Call our wills, probate and trusts team now on 0800 988 7756 or submit an enquiry.

With offices in Leeds (central and north), WakefieldBradfordManchester and London, we can bring our experience and knowledge to your case, no matter where you are.