Contentious Probate Solicitors
If you want to dispute a will, the contentious probate solicitors at The Law House are here to help. Whether you believe you haven’t been left what you were promised or deserve, or you have concerns over the way in which a will was made, our experts can enable you to resolve the dispute as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.
What is contentious probate?
In simple terms, contentious probate refers to disagreements over a person’s will after they have passed away. It can relate to the validity of this document and the way in which the estate is distributed.
Wills can be contested either in part or in full, and this can be a complex area of the law. This means it’s important to have access to expert legal advice, as well as representation to make your case.
Why might you want to contest a will?
There are a wide range of reasons why you may wish to contest a will. One is that you believe the person who made the document wasn’t of sound mind at the time. In order for a will to meet the necessary legal conditions, the person making it must understand what they’re doing and the effect their instructions will have. They must also know the value and nature of their estate and not be suffering from any disorder that could influence their views.
You can also contest a will on the grounds of it not being valid. This is called a ‘lack of due execution’. To be considered valid, a will must meet certain conditions. For example, it must be signed by the testator (the person who made the will) or signed by another person in their presence who has been directed to do this by the testator. There must also be at least two witnesses present for this. If conditions such as these weren’t met, you may have a good case for disputing the document.
Another reason to contest a will is if you suspect that the testator lacked knowledge of or didn’t approve its contents. For example, this may be suspected if there is a substantial gift in the will for the person who helped to prepare it. You may also need a contentious probate solicitor if you believe the deceased person was coerced, under duress or unduly influenced when they made this document.
In addition, you can dispute a will if you think it was the result of fraud or forgery, if there was a clerical error in the drafting of the document or if the person preparing the will didn’t properly understand the instructions of the testator.
How can the Law House help?
We know that disputes concerning wills and inheritances can be a difficult and sensitive matter. Emotions tend to run high in these cases, and the law can be complex and confusing. When you come to us for help with a case like this, you can rest assured you’ll receive a highly professional, sympathetic service. Our contentious probate solicitors will explain your options to you clearly and in plain English. They’ll be there to guide you through the process, providing support at every stage.
So, if you need advice to help you contest a will, you can rely on us. For more information about our services, don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can call us on 020 3150 2525 for an initial consultation, or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also reach us by online form or by Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.