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Estate disputes are becoming more and more common. Whether you are dealing with an estate that somebody contests, of if you feel that you have to challenge an estate, it can be a very stressful time and getting good advice as soon as possible is vital.
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Contesting A Will
People who want to contest a will often tell us:
- I wasn’t mentioned in the will
- I think the will was invalid (for example because the person making the will did not have the mental capacity to do so or because someone was pressurising them into making a will – known as undue influence)
- I think there are mistakes in the will
- The solicitor that wrote the will was negligent
- I think the people administering the will are not doing their job properly
Why Choose Our Contentious Probate And Inheritance Dispute Solicitors?
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.
Where possible, we aim to resolve matters through a non-adversarial approach out of court. However, if court action is needed, we will proceed quickly and robustly to protect your best interests.
Our contentious probate solicitors are knowledgeable and experienced. We will listen to your situation, and give you straightforward, practical advice with no legal jargon.
Disputes over a will or trust can be distressing for all concerned. Not least, because the dispute is often with other family members. Our sensitive and practical approach will relieve you of the strain involved.
Here for you, wherever you are
We understand that you will want to know how much everything will cost. We will always give you a realistic cost estimate at the outset, and keep you updated throughout. In terms of costs, we will provide costs estimates and advice on funding your case from the outset. Please note that we do not act for clients on a conditional fee basis (no win no fee). For more information, please see our pricing page.
For a free initial consultation, make an enquiry or call us on 0800 988 7756. Our telephone lines are open 8.30am – 9pm, seven days a week.
Contentious Probate and inheritance disputes can be a minefield. We have answered some Frequently Asked Questions to help get you started.
Inheritance Disputes and Contentious Probate FAQ
What Is Contentious Probate?
Contentious probate refers to a dispute in relation to the administration of an estate. It can involve (amongst other things): disputes over the value of assets, invalid wills, inaction by executors, how a will is interpreted or beneficiaries who feel hard done by (inheritance disputes).
How can I challenge a will?
There are different ways to challenge whether a will is valid. These include:
- The person making the will lacked the mental capacity to make the will
- Someone pressured the deceased into making the will
- The will was not signed and / or witnessed properly
- The will is a forgery.
What can I do if I have concerns about an executor?
The executors of the estate will be responsible for collecting in the assets and distributing them to the beneficiaries. Sadly, there are sometimes breakdowns in the relationship between the executors and the beneficiaries. For example, if the beneficiaries do not believe that the executors are acting in the best interests of the estate and the beneficiaries.
If there has been a breakdown in the relationship, seek legal advice as soon as possible. We can advise you on the best way forward. And, if necessary, apply to the court to remove the executor(s) and appoint a replacement.
Contentious Probate Team
What Our Clients Say
Mrs B, Leeds
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you wholeheartedly for everything you have done for us as a family to conclude this case in such sad circumstances. You have been an utter professional to deal with and wouldn't hesitate to recommend you to anyone! A big thank you also to Julie and your team, as they are the ones who support you daily in doing such an amazing job!"
Mr I, Leeds
"Following the usual experiences moving home where we were helped enormously by Nicola at Levis we decided our Wills needed rewriting and contacted Andrew. Again the service provided was very comfortable and efficient and very quickly the whole process was completed very much to our satisfaction. Thank you both for all your help."
Mr G, Leeds
"We had instructed Andrew Milburn to help us to sort out two new Wills as well as taking over our Will from another firm of Solicitors. Andrew also helped us to sort out a Power of Attorney. We found his attention to detail very comprehensive and he was approachable at all times to discuss anything we needed clarification on. His secretary Julie was also extremely approachable. His fees were very reasonable and in all honesty, we would definitely instruct Andrew again and would not hesitate to recommend him to others."
Mrs H, Leeds
"I have really appreciated the excellent level of service. Andrew was highly professional but at the same time helpful and friendly. I felt he was good at balancing a personal approach with the need to get matters completed in a reasonable time."
Mr & Mrs B, Bradford
"Brilliant service! My wife and I were keen to update/re do our wills, having spoken to Andrew Milburn with our ideas he came up with additional ideas that we could incorporate for complete peace of mind. The costings were clear, fair and in my opinion reasonable for the quality of will construction that we received. We were updated regularly on progress right through to completion. I would certainly recommend Levi Solicitors based on our experiences."
Mr H, Leeds
"Very professional with a great team always available to run through questions and very good service."
Mr R, Leeds
"Throughout the process their communication was excellent and were very proactive with the objective to complete the documents."