Will, Inheritance & Trust Disputes

Our team of specialist solicitors have significant experience in dealing with will, inheritance and trust disputes.

Our lawyers are part of the Association of ContentiousTrust and Probate Solicitors (ACTAPS) organisation which is the kite mark for this specialist area of litigation.

The team is listed in The Legal 500 directory and described to be filled with “experienced and capable practitioners”. Lauren Day was quoted to be “brilliant at getting to the nub of the matter and has huge patience with the other side’s vagaries” as well as being “very approachable and pragmatic with a genuine ambition to settle as early as possible”. Victoria Riddleston was recognised as a key lawyer within the service area and to have wide experience in the field.

Senior Associate Solicitor, Victoria Riddleston is also ranked for the third year running as an Associate to Watch for Private Wealth Disputes in the South (UK). Victoria is highly experienced in advising on UK disputes involving challenges to wills and breach of trust matters. Victoria is described as being “approachable,” “proactive” and as having “a sound knowledge of wills and probate disputes” and “the knowledge and tenacity to handle that situation robustly and assert our rights appropriately.”

Will, inheritance and trust disputes solicitor services

Our professional dispute resolution solicitors have expert knowledge in all areas of will, inheritance and trust disputes, including the following:

  • Challenging a will (due to lack of capacity, lack of knowledge and approval, undue influence, lack of proper formalities, forgery)
  • Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
  • Challenging lifetime gifts and transactions
  • Undue influence claims
  • Probate Actions
  • Removal of Executors
  • Breach of trust claims
  • Proprietary estoppel claims
  • Court of Protection work
  • Statutory Will applications to the Court of Protection

FAQs

How do I challenge a Will after probate?

It is possible to challenge a Will after probate if there is a valid claim, for example, if there is a lack of capacity claim, lack of knowledge and approval claim, undue influence claim etc.




In these circumstances, it is necessary to request that the Personal Representative (i.e. the Executor or the Administrator) does not take any steps to distribute the estate. If the estate has already been distributed, it may be necessary for the Executor/Administrator to inform the beneficiaries that funds may be repayable to the estate in the event of a successful claim. There are also tracing options available if funds have been dissipated.

Can a last Will and Testament be tested?

If there are concerns that the Last Will and Testament is not valid or if a person believes that they have a claim against a person’s estate, various claims can be made. Whether a claim has any merit will depend on the circumstances and the evidence available.

Our Experts

Lauren Day

Partner, Solicitor & Head of Dispute Resolution

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Victoria Riddleston

Senior Associate Solicitor

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Ellen Shipton

Solicitor

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Jesamine Somerville

Solicitor

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Hazel Burry

Secretary

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Jane Renshaw

Secretary

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Lauryn Thurlow

Legal Assistant

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Our specialist teams can provide full service legal advice and assistance, providing practical and cost-effective solutions.

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