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Will, trust and probate dispute lawyers

Our specialist will, trust and estate dispute lawyers will listen and work to understand your objectives. By placing these at the heart of what we do, we will help you navigate complex and often emotionally draining legal disagreements relating to wills, estates, inheritance and probate.

Our experienced team of specialist contentious probate solicitors understand the impact on a bereaved family caused by the stress and uncertainty of a will, trust or estate dispute.

We will help you understand your will claims or the will claims you are facing and work with you to resolve these.

Our expert trust and estate dispute lawyers, while based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, London and Horsham are frequently asked to represent clients based throughout England and Wales, and internationally.

We will talk openly about fees and work with you to understand the best funding option for your estate dispute. In appropriate cases, we can offer deferred payment and “no win, no fee” agreements.

How we can help protect your interests

We work to understand your objectives and priorities, placing these at the centre of what we do. We will focus on achieving your objectives efficiently and cost-effectively. We have experience in all aspects of will, trust and estate disputes, including those involving complex, high-value trusts and estates with assets spread across various jurisdictions.

Our probate, estate and trust solicitors regularly advise on disputes that involve:

  • inheritance claims under the Inheritance Act for provision from an estate
  • the validity of wills and trusts
  • the interpretation of a will or a trust
  • disagreements between executors, trustees and beneficiaries
  • the removal of executors and trustees
  • the management and distribution of estate assets including disputes involving lifetime gifts and cases of financial abuse
  • the enforcement of promises based on proprietary estoppel
  • claims concerning contributions to property based on the principles of resulting and constructive trusts

Highly accredited trust and probate lawyers

Our experienced contentious trust and probate solicitors are ranked top tier in leading legal directories including the Legal 500 and Chambers High Net Worth guide.

All our specialist dispute solicitors belong to the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS).

Meet the team

Our will, trust and probate disputes experience

Our client successes

  • Case study
  • Defending a high profile Inheritance Act claim against a £7m estate.

    3 min

    Anthony Shearer left a £7m estate to his surviving spouse. His two daughters, dissatisfied with the will, initiated a claim for financial provision, with help from Cripps, our legal team defended the estate.

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  • Case study
  • Will dispute

    3 min

    Challenging a Will that disinherits the family.

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  • Case study
  • Will construction dispute

    1 min

    Acting for a minor in respect of a Will with ambiguous terms.

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  • Case study
  • Inheritance disputes: A high bar for adult children

    3 min

    In Miles and another v Shearer (2021) EWHC 1000 (Ch) we represented the Defendant, Mrs Shearer, in a high value claim.

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    How we made a difference

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