At these times you need sympathetic, practical and clear advice from experts you can trust. Whether you are an executor, trustee, a beneficiary or someone who has not been provided for, we can assist you to resolve these issues.
To help you find the most favourable outcome in often highly complex legal areas, we draw upon the experience of our probate and litigation departments. We will work closely with you to find the best way to achieve a resolution.
If court proceedings cannot be avoided, we will assist you throughout the litigation process. In many cases, however, we can use our skills in negotiation and mediation to avoid the costs, stress and uncertainty of a full court hearing.
Our expertise includes:
- Challenging a Will – maybe the deceased did not have the necessary mental capacity to make the will or it does not reflect their true wishes. The person may have been forced into making the Will or perhaps it was not drafted correctly.
- Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 – we deal with claims where the provision made either under the deceased’s Will or the Intestacy Rules (if there is no Will) are insufficient, for example claims by children or co-habitees or spouses.
- Disputes over how an estate is administered – for example, whether an asset forms part of an estate, or if the executors are not administering the estate properly and need to be replaced.
- Other matters – including trust disputes for example, where a beneficiary considers the trustees are acting in breach of the terms of the trust, or if the trust has a dispute with a third party.