The death of a loved one can be an incredibly stressful time, particularly if you are involved in a dispute over their estate. Disagreements can occur for a variety of reasons – you may feel that you have been unfairly left out of the Will, there might be questions about the actions of an executor or trust, or the deceased’s liabilities may be outstanding. Whatever the cause, we can provide clear and robust advice to resolve the dispute quickly and fairly.
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We act for beneficiaries, charities, businesses and trusts in a wide range of Inheritance Dispute Legal Experts. Our team of lawyers has extensive expertise in this complex area and we are well-known for our approach to resolving disputes with sensitivity and discretion.
It is not uncommon for siblings to disagree over what is written in the Will or trusts. For example, some people believe they have been shortchanged as a result of having spent years caring for an ageing parent or because of the economic disparity between themselves and their siblings. Inheritance disputes also often relate to specific assets within the estate – such as a house or company – and these can be contested on a number of grounds, including that the document was not valid (e.g. it was not witnessed or signed properly) or that the testator lacked mental capacity or was under undue influence when it was made.
We recently assisted an elderly widow who was left only a single-fifth share of her late husband’s estate. The case was successfully resolved through mediation and the widow is now able to afford the care she needs for the rest of her life.