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Contentious Probate Solicitors for Probate Disputes & Will Challenges

 

Contentious Probate refers to a disagreement, usually relating to an inheritance or Will, which arises following the death of a family member or friend. 

At Lanyon Bowdler, we understand that disagreements like this can cause a lot of worry at what is already a very difficult time. 

Our team is friendly and approachable with a proven track record of getting things sorted quickly and efficiently. They can explain everything in a clear, easy to understand manner, helping you through disputes with sensitivity, speed and assurance.

We have offices in Shrewsbury, Telford, Oswestry, Ludlow and Hereford, which means we can deal with queries from across Shropshire, Wales, Staffordshire, Cheshire, Herefordshire and The Marches.

If you are worried about how much legal services may cost, please feel free to contact us to talk about our wide range of pricing options, which include fixed fees as well as service level guarantees, demonstrating our commitment to the level of service we are able to offer.

Contested Probate & Will Dispute Resolution

The death of a loved one is extremely distressing and can be made all the more traumatic if you or someone else believes the will to be invalid.

Our team is experienced in dealing with all types of will and inheritance disputes and can help challenge a will’s validity via Validity Claims. Our solicitors can also make sure you are able to claim what you are entitled to in a will via Financial Provision Claims.

They are also experts at helping people recover assets which may have been promised to them via Proprietary Estoppel, or dealing with Negligence or Rectification Claims.

In the unfortunate circumstances of a dispute about a will between beneficiaries, trustees or personal representatives, our specialists are experienced at dealing with  Trust Disputes and will work with you to find a solution.

Who can contest a will?

 In the vast majority of cases, a will is contested by a family member. For example:

  • A spouse or civil partner
  • A partner who has lived with the deceased for two years or more
  • A former spouse
  • A child
  • A step-child
  • A dependent

As a family member, you are not necessarily or automatically entitled to receive anything from the deceased’s estate but our accomplished team of solicitors will act swiftly to establish the facts and background to your case, before advising you on the chances of overturning the existing terms of the will.

We can offer advice on whether it is appropriate to contest the will and on the next steps to take.

Grounds for contesting a will 

Disputes often arise over the division of assets or the exclusion of an expected beneficiary completely.

Grounds for contesting a will can include:

  • The will was unsigned
  • It was not witnessed properly
  • Doubt over the validity of the will
  • The deceased did not have the mental capacity to make a will at the time
  • The deceased was influenced or coerced into making the will
  • Impropriety on the behalf of the executors or trustees
  • The solicitor that drafted the will did so negligently
  • The will fails to adequately provide for family members and dependents of the deceased
  • Forgery and Fraud

How we can help when disputes arise

If you feel that you have been unfairly left out of a will or you are an executor who is either acting on someone else’s behalf or defending a claim, our specialist legal team are there to help with the expertise and experience that you need.

If you believe you have grounds to contest a will, it is imperative that you contact us without delay. In some cases, a claim must be brought within six months of any Grant of Probate. You don’t have long, so take legal advice as soon as possible.

Recommendations

The Contentious Probate team has been highlighted as one of the best in the region - the 2021 edition of The Legal 500 recognised the team at Tier Three in the West Midlands, stating that the team "has been active in advising on a broad range of claims. Recently it has acted for claimants, defendants and executors/administrators on a myriad of claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. The team has been increasingly active in advising on claims for reasonable financial provision by disappointed beneficiaries. Associate solicitor Claire Vale leads the team".

Testimonials in the directory state:

"Well established and respected in Herefordshire and Shropshire and offers many solicitors in expert fields. I have dealt with Claire Vale. I have valued her sound knowledge, thorough and diligent work. Claire has always responded quickly and has always been calm, pragmatic and professional".

"In my experience, this firm dominates the contentious trusts and probate market in its area. It is the firm which has the knowledge and expertise from conducting a number of these cases of all sizes. Claire Vale is clear, focused and practical. Knows the procedure well and is a forceful litigator".

"Claire Vale is very experienced in probate matters, both contentious and non-contentious. Her depth of knowledge, thorough preparation and reassuring manner put clients at ease. She is able to quickly identify key issues within any dispute and focus upon resolving those to the benefit of her clients".

Contact Lanyon Bowdler's Contentious Probate Lawyers

Associate solicitor Claire Vale leads the department and is a member of the Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) - only one other solicitor in the area is a member of ACTAPS.

Please give us a call for a friendly, confidential, chat about how we can help support you regarding a dispute over a will or contested probate. Whether you are facing a challenge or whether you feel it is necessary to challenge disbursements made following the execution of a will. We will be happy to answer any initial questions. There is no commitment obligation or charge for our initial assessment. Please contact a member of the team or complete our enquiry form toward the top of this page on the right-hand side. 

Lanyon Bowdler Will and Probate Lawyers are available across all our office locations in Shrewsbury, Bromyard, Hereford, Ludlow, Oswestry, Telford, and Conwy in North Wales. 

We regularly act for clients all over Shropshire, Herefordshire, Mid and North Wales, Birmingham and the Midlands. As a leading UK Law firm, we can represent you wherever you live in the UK

You can also contact Claire directly or call the Shrewsbury office.

Testimonials

'You really cared and wanted the best possible outcome for our son'

- Mr & Mrs Abernethy, Cheshire

Very, very good. You couldn't give me a better person than Stephen Scully.

- J L, Shrewsbury

Straight forward and relevant advice relating to Wills

- Mr & Mrs Walton, Shrewsbury

The staff made me feel valued and always took the time to listen to my concerns

- Ms Castell, Shrewsbury

Ed provided utmost confidence throughout the process and I would have no hesitation in recommending him to other clients.

- Mr J Ostler, Hereford

As a charity legacy officer I am used to reluctance from professional executors to communicate. I found him professional yet friendly and efficient at all times - very pleased.

- Cats Protection, Haywards Heath

Ed Burrell was excellent in every aspect of his support in selling my business. He was friendly and pleasant to deal with yet very professional.

- Mr J Ostler, Hereford

Politeness, clarity of information.

- Mr C Pudge, Worcester