Contesting a will or an estate
If a will is ambiguous, contains mistakes, or a beneficiary received assets via coercion, these are serious problems that cannot be ignored.
Our specialist will dispute lawyers resolve disagreements as quickly as possible. We are one of the largest and most experienced teams in the country and we deal with all manner of will disputes – including instances involving multi-party defendants, or when executors themselves are at loggerheads.
As all our solicitors belong to the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists, you will be looked after by an expert. We guide you through the process step by step.
We understand that, for many of our clients, disputing a will is a last resort. We also appreciate you may want to stay in touch with those involved in the dispute afterwards. You can rest assured we will handle your dispute with care and sensitivity.
We listen to your instructions carefully and arrange payment terms that suit your circumstances; in many cases we offer fixed fees, deferred payments, or no win, no fee terms.
Our lawyers are based in Tunbridge Wells and Kings Hill, Kent and in Cannon Street, London. Whilst many of our clients are from the South East (including Kent, Sussex, Surrey and London), we act for clients based throughout England and Wales and from abroad. We are always willing to meet with our clients at any of our offices or at home or their place of work. We also meet with clients via online communication channels, such as SKYPE or video conferencing. Wherever our clients are based, we ensure we communicate with them in a way that suits their needs.
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Talk to us about
Contesting a will
Resolving arguments about a will
Resolving cases when executors disagree
Mistakes in a will
Ambiguous, or poorly written wills
Undue influence of a beneficiary
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