Contentious Probate

The term Contentious Probate is typically used to describe any disagreement relating to a deceased person’s estate.

It is not uncommon for disagreements or disputes to surface in these circumstances, particularly when a loved one has recently passed. Therefore, it is vital to speak to a trusted solicitor as soon as a concern arises to prevent escalation, where possible, and to ensure that any concerns relating to the integrity, contents or interpretation of the Will are addressed.

Whether you are being disputed or presenting a dispute relating to a loved one’s Will, you will want to seek the advice of an experienced and compassionate legal professional for support. Please contact Berlad Graham LLP today on 0330 175 5655.

Contentious Probate Solicitors

When a dispute surrounding a Will or trust arises, various factors must be considered and acted upon to resolve the issue efficiently and amicably.

At Berlad Graham LLP, we have experience acting in Contentious Probate matters and can help to resolve the following issues, including:

  • Challenging Will contents.
  • Claims relating to the Inheritance (Provisions for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 for dependents who were not sufficiently provided for in a Will or situations of intestacy (where there was no Will).
  • Executor disputes.
  • Trusts disputes.
  • Beneficiary disputes.
  • Propriety estoppel claims.

If you have any concerns or issues relating to a trust or probate dispute and seek professional, high-quality, and trustworthy legal advice, please get in touch with the lawyers at Berlad Graham LLP.

Solicitor for Contentious Probate Near Me

There are only a few specific circumstances, as outlined by law, where it may be possible to contest and ultimately change the contents of a Will.

These circumstances are as follows. However, if you are still uncertain whether you might have a claim, do not hesitate to speak to an experienced solicitor.

  • The deceased lacked sufficient mental capacity when writing the Will.
  • The Will lacks the necessary requirements or formalities.
  • If you believe that the deceased was unaware of the contents of the Will.
  • If you believe the deceased was pressured or manipulated into writing or amending their Will.
  • If you believe the Will is invalid either due to a forged signature, or that false information was included.

Inheritance Act Claims

At Berlad Graham LLP, we are experienced in working with clients on all aspects of Wills, trusts and inheritance, including the disputes that sometimes arise.

The Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 allows those who believe they should have been considered in a Will to appeal this and, in successful cases, they will receive the provisions to which they are entitled.

There are only a few people that can claim under the Inheritance Act. They include:

  • Spouse of the deceased.
  • Former spouse of the deceased, if not remarried.
  • Partner of the deceased who must have lived with the deceased for at least two years immediately prior to death.
  • Child(ren) of the deceased.
  • A person whom the deceased treated as a child of the family.
  • A person whom the deceased supported financially.

At Berlad Graham LLP, we understand the sensitive circumstances surrounding probate dispute and Inheritance Act claims. We will carefully and compassionately advise, ensuring the best outcome for all involved where possible.

To speak to our friendly, experienced, professional private client solicitors in Uxbridge today, please call 0330 175 5655 or email