Contentious or contested probate (also referred to as challenging a will) is unfortunately becoming more widespread. In particular, wills being contested in the High Court are increasing rapidly – the number of cases rose from 227 in 2018 to 368 in 2019 – a 62% rise in a single year. However estate disputes and contested probate cases are often complex, and you need to make sure that you choose a solicitor specialising in this area of law.
In addition to our probate work, we have a team of solicitors specialising in both bringing and defending contested probate cases both locally throughout Wiltshire, Hampshire, Somerset and Dorset and nationally throughout England and Wales from our offices in Salisbury, Andover, Fordingbridge and Amesbury.
Thinking of contesting probate? Call our highly experienced team on FREEPHONE 0800 1404544 for FREE initial phone advice – no strings attached.
Contested Probate – please think twice
Please think carefully before contesting probate. Quite apart from the stress and financial cost an estate dispute claim brings, it often causes irreparable damage to family relationships.
Why should I contest probate?
There are a number of reasons for contesting probate including;
- Professional negligence claims arising out of wrongly drafted wills.
- Inheritance disputes – when dependants feel that they have not been made ‘reasonable financial provision’ from the estate (under the 1975 Inheritance Act). Click here to read more about making an inheritance claim
- Claims that the will is fraudulent or was made under duress.
- Claims that the will is not actually the last will of the deceased.
- Arguments that the deceased lacked sufficient mental capacity when making their will.
- Claims against or between personal representatives or trustees. Click here to read more about executor disputes
- The will has been lost.
How our solicitors can help you in contesting probate?
We can advise you at an early stage how likely the contested probate claim is to succeed.
Don’t delay taking specialist legal advice.
It’s important to see a solicitor who specialises in this area as soon as possible –because there is usually a strict time limit within which a claim must be made. Any claims for Contested Probate must be made within six months of the grant of representation and ideally within six months of the death of the testator. Leaving it too long could mean that you miss out on your right to claim compensation entirely.
So if you are thinking of Contesting a Will, contact one of our specialist team straight away.
Our team offer no win no fee agreements for appropriate contested probate cases. Click here to read more about how no win no fee works