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Contesting a Will or Inheritance Dispute?


When someone you love and care about dies, the last thing you may want to think about are the financial implications. However, sometimes contesting a Will or an Inheritance Claim may arise between the parties involved in the financial distribution process including Beneficiaries, Executors/Administrators and Trustees.

Perhaps you feel you have been unfairly left out of a Will and want to challenge a Will or perhaps you have an Inheritance Dispute having not been provided for adequately. You may feel an Executor/Administrator is not properly performing their duties or you may be acting as an Executor and somebody else is contesting a Will. This area of law is often referred to as Contentious Probate.

Call 0345 163 2210 and speak with one of our Contentious Probate Solicitors regarding a Will or Inheritance Dispute or to find out more about contested Wills, Trusts and Estates.


If you suspect a Will is invalid, for a number of reasons the Will can be challenged. A Will can be disputed under the following grounds.

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Under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 you may be able to make a financial provision claim if you feel the Will is unfair.

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Claims and disputes relating to the administration or running of Trusts may relate to value of assets, feuding beneficiaries or...

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What is Contentious Probate?

Contentious Probate is a term used to describe a variety of claims that arise out of how a person's assets are distributed following their death. The assets that form the Deceased's Estate should be distributed in accordance with the Will or. when there is no Will, the Intestacy Rules.

Do you have a case to contest a Will?

There is no moral assessment of whether the provision (or lack thereof) made by the deceased was right or wrong. Instead, it is a question of did the will or intestacy (where there is no will) make reasonable financial provision. If the answer is no and you fall within the definition of a family or dependent person as set out above, then you can make a claim for reasonable provision. What is reasonable is determined by looking at the matter objectively, impartially and without bias.

If you feel aggrieved over the content of a Will, or if you have concerns about the circumstances surrounding how a Will came about our specialist contentious probate team are able to offer expert advice at an early stage to ensure you are given the correct advice and information to allow you to decide the best way forward for you.

Our Contentious Probate Solicitors are experienced in acting for those wishing to challenge or dispute a Will, who feel they have been unfairly left out of a Will or who have a dispute with a Beneficiary, Executor/Administrator or Trustee of an Estate. We will guide you through this complex area of law.