Disputed trusts and wills
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Contentious trusts and probate
After death, conflicts often arise when disgruntled relatives and disappointed beneficiaries suspect foul play or when those tasked with dealing with the deceased's affairs do not properly perform their duties.
We know that contesting a will can be time consuming; not only for prospective beneficiaries but also for personal representatives and professional advisers. By understanding why and how a will can be challenged, you might prevent future claims and avoid family disputes.
It is a common myth that you can distribute your assets as you wish, so long as you have written a will. Wills can be challenged in court and they can be declared invalid for various reasons. Whilst you do have the right to exclude the usual beneficiaries, such as a spouse or children, and leave everything to a cause close to your heart, family members may have the legal right to contest your last wishes.
In addition to challenging the validity of a will, certain people can also make a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, which says that everyone has an obligation to look after their spouse, children and other dependants.
Our contentious probate lawyers can guide you through this complex area of law. We have successfully achieved settlement of a variety of court actions including substantial High Court litigation regarding the validity of wills, claims under the Inheritance Act and applications to remove personal representatives from their roles as executors and administrators.
We offer valuable support to clients at this difficult time and can provide advice concerning all probate claims, whether involving forgery or fraud, undue influence, capacity or execution.
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