Contentious probate solicitors – legal advice on contesting a will
If you’ve been left out of a Will or think the Will may not be correct, you may be able to challenge it. Deciding whether to contest a Will is a big decision especially if it could put you at odds with other family members, but our expert contentious probate solicitors are here to guide and support you through the process.
Some people write their own Will without proper legal advice. Poor drafting and clerical errors can lead to arguments over what the person really intended. You can ask the court to decide how the Will should be interpreted and correct any mistakes. Misunderstandings may also mean that someone who thought they would inherit does not.
If you have been unfairly disinherited, have missed out because someone died without making a Will, have suspicions about a Will or the mental capacity of someone leaving their estate to dubious beneficiaries, speak to our expert contentious probate solicitors.
What grounds do you need to contest a Will?
Grounds for contesting a Will include:
- lack of testamentary capacity.
- undue influence or coercion.
- lack of knowledge and approval.
- non-compliance with Section 9 of the Wills Act 1837.
- forgery and fraud.
How our contentious probate solicitors can help
- Contesting a Will – If you believe that the Will was fraudulent or the deceased was under undue influence when making their Will.
- Inheritance Act claims – if you or a member of your family thinks they should benefit from a person’s estate, we can advise on the type of claim which could be brought to try and secure your inheritance.
- Defending a Will – we can advise executors and trustees about how to continue dealing with an estate if such a claim is brought against the estate by another person.
- Intestacy – we can help you make a claim where there was no Will left so the deceased died intestate.
- Invalid Will – we can advise in cases where the Will is invalid. For example if the Will was not signed.
- Family Will disputes – If you have been promised assets but have been left out of a Will, it can be possible to force the beneficiaries of the estate to honour the promises made, as long as there is proof. This is a complex area and sometimes involves negotiating both with other family members and HM Revenue & Customs.
- Cross border disputes – we can act advise you on challenging or defending a Will or an inheritance dispute involving assets in other jurisdictions.
Contact a contentious probate solicitor today
For legal advice about contesting or disputing a will, contact one of our specialist contentious probate solicitors on 0800 652 8025 or get in touch online for a free and confidential initial consultation. We have teams across the country in London, Manchester, Bristol, Cardiff, Birmingham, Southampton and Taunton.