It is increasingly common for trusts to be used to control the distribution of a person’s assets and/or to minimise the tax liability upon their estate on their death. Such trusts can be created during a person’s lifetime or on their death by their Will.
Even with careful planning, trust disputes can, and do, arise. The cause of the dispute ranges from disputes concerning the trust document itself, for example if the trust document is ambiguous or contains mistakes, to disputes between the trustees and the beneficiaries (or simply between the trustees) regarding the manner in which they are exercising their duties as trustees, for example in managing the trust assets, in making distributions or in responding to requests for information from beneficiaries.
Our specialist trust dispute lawyers resolve disagreements as quickly as possible. We are one of the largest and most experienced trust dispute teams in the country and we deal with all manner of trust disputes – including instances involving children, multiple parties, or when the trustees 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 trust is a last resort. We also appreciate you may want to stay in touch with those involved in the dispute afterwards – it is commonly the case that Trustees and the beneficiaries whose interests they should be protecting are friends or relations. 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 Green, 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, at their 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 trust
- Seeking the removal of trustees
- Guidance on the duties of trustees and the rights of beneficiaries
- Mistakes in a trust
- Requests to trustees for disclosure of information
- Ambiguous, or poorly written trusts
- Bringing a claim against a trustee for breach of trust
“Responsive and proactive”, the team at Cripps LLP handles the full range of contentious trust and probate instructions.
Philip Youdan is ‘excellent’ and ‘very sensible’.
Myles McIntosh – Commentators are impressed by his extensive knowledge and speedy response times.
“I would like to thank you for the very sensitive, caring professional approach you had to this unpleasant situation.”
“The successful outcome was not what I expected and much due to your expertise.”
“Your advice was always sound, prompt and absolutely spot on. Thank you once again for your services, I would not hesitate in using Cripps again.”
“I have no doubt that if Myles was opposing me, my case would have been lost even before it had begun, such is the difference he made to the outcome of my case.”
“Once again thanks to you and Russell for your excellent work on this case, if I need to use a Solicitor again in the future Cripps will be my first port of call.”
‘an exceptional level of service’
'worth every penny'
'handles multimillion-pound disputes with ease'
'a brilliant negotiator and strategist'
Sources describe Cripps as "innovative, forward looking and flexible."
"Myles McIntosh is ‘an excellent practitioner who can remain objective in all issues’"
"...key figures include the ‘proactive’ Philip Youdan and Russell Simpson, who handles high-value probate and Inheritance Act claims."
"Cripps has a "very good reputation" for its private client practice, which often handles complex, high-value matters with international aspects."
"I'm very, very impressed with the firm," reports an interviewee, while another praises "the clear professional advice that they offer and the swift responses that they always give."
"Sources also describe them as 'innovative, forward-looking and flexible.'"