Contentious Probate and Inheritance Disputes Solicitors

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Contentious Probate and Inheritance Disputes specialists

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?

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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.

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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.

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We have offices in LeedsLeeds North (Moortown) and London.  However, we can assist you with your dispute wherever you are. We can have meetings with you by telephone or video call.

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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. For more information, please see our dispute resolution pricing page.

For an 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.

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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

Andrew Milburn

Partner

0113 532 7189
 amilburn@levisolicitors.co.uk

Andrew is a partner and head of our wills, probate and estate administration department. Read More.

Connor King

Solicitor

0113 468 4097
 cking@levisolicitors.co.uk

Connor King is a solicitor in our wills, probate and estate planning department and is based in our Moortown office. Read More.