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Making a will is an essential step in securing future financial stability for your family, but sometimes inheritance, trust and wills disputes can arise that can cause immense stress for your loved ones. At Ramsdens Solicitors, our specialist contentious probate team are here to help you deal with and limit the impact of these damaging disputes.
Our specialist lawyers are highly experienced in dealing with all types of inheritance, trust and will disputes, including claims made against executors, administrators and trustees, disputes over the validity of a will, or claims over how a trust is being managed. We have years of experience of representing all parties in these types of disputes, whether you are bringing a claim or defending a claim against you or the estate.
We understand how difficult and stressful it can be to have to deal with a will or inheritance dispute at a time when the family may be grieving, which is why we are committed to making the process as smooth as possible. We will help you every step of the way, explaining the law in a clear and concise way, to help you make the right choices and move forwards positively.
To find out more about how we can help you with inheritance, trust and will disputes, call the contentious probate solicitors at Ramsdens on 01484 821 500, or fill out our online enquiry form to request a call back at a time that is convenient for you.
At Ramsdens, we provide a comprehensive range of contentious probate services to help resolve inheritance, trust and wills disputes as smoothly as possible. We act on behalf of executors, trustees, administrators, beneficiaries and dependents of the deceased, dealing with all aspects of contentious probate, including:
We will advise and represent you throughout the entire process from start to finish, all the way to a contested trial if this is required. We will also advise you and keep you updated about the costs involved, and on the practical alternatives to litigation that may be available to you as a means of resolving the dispute, including mediation.
Our team is well aware that cases involving inheritance disputes are highly sensitive, especially when family members and loved ones are involved. As such, our focus will always be on resolving the matter in the best way for you, and we appreciate that no two cases are the same.
Our approach is tailored to meet our clients’ needs in any given situation and we are able to assist with resolving matters as amicably and cost-effectively as possible, but with the capability and experience to also represent our clients robustly in any litigation where required.
At Ramsdens, we offer a range of funding options depending on the circumstances of each case, including:
We can also provide advice on different products and options that may be available to cover the cost of your claim.
Whether you are contesting a will, bringing a claim against an estate or defending a claim against the estate, Ramsdens will provide a professional and sensitive service for you, aligning our years of legal expertise with a keen focus on your personal needs and priorities.
We work closely with our highly-experienced wills and probate team to ensure that problems are identified early, so our contentious probate solicitors can resolve them swiftly. This ensures that we can preserve family assets and minimise the stress and disruption these cases can cause.
Ramsdens Solicitors has been highly recommended by the 2021 edition of the prestigious Legal 500, and our expert team are also members of the Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) and the Society of Estate and Trust Practitioners (STEP). This underlines our proven experience and industry-leading expertise in this area.
We offer a free no obligation initial consultation of up to 30 minutes with one of our expert lawyers, allowing us to discuss your circumstances and potential options in a no-obligation setting, as well as advising you of the funding options available and the next steps should you decide to take your case forward with us.
Making a will is the best way to ensure that your money, property and personal belongings are distributed as you wish after your death. However, disputes can arise over inheritance or generally over matters relating to the administration and distribution of the estate- these types of disputes are commonly known as contentious probate or probate disputes, and can arise in the following scenarios:
Inheritance, trust and wills disputes of this nature can often be highly fraught and complex, which is why it is advisable to seek professional legal advice on the best way to resolve them. Some types of disputes are also subject to certain limitation periods within which action must be taken, and so it is vital that legal advice is sought at the earliest opportunity.
There are a number of reasons why the validity of a will may be challenged, including:
Before a contentious probate claim can be brought, you should speak to a solicitor who specialises in these types of disputes to ensure that you fully understand the strength or otherwise of your case, and what options and remedies might be available to you.
If you suspect that a will is invalid, then you can make use of a probate caveat, a legal mechanism used to temporarily pause an application for probate. Because probate must be granted before the estate of the deceased can be distributed, pausing the application will mean that the estate cannot be administered or distributed while the caveat is in place.
In these circumstances, a probate caveat must be registered at the probate registry as soon as possible, to ensure that the process of executing the will does not commence until the dispute is resolved. Once granted, the caveat remains in force for six months, but this can be extended upon expiry if necessary.
Again, it is important to seek legal advice before registering a caveat, as it is not intended to be used as a means to delay the administration unnecessarily and it will not be appropriate in all cases.
Court proceedings are available as a final means of resolving a legal dispute over a will, trust or estate, allowing those involved to pursue or defend a claim and obtain a legally binding decision in a judgement that will be imposed on all parties.
However, this process can be time-consuming, expensive and stressful, which is why your legal team will usually try to explore all other available options - including mediation and negotiation, commonly known as alternative dispute resolution (ADR) - to find a way to resolve the matter in a more cost-effective and amicable way, so that going to court is seen as a last resort. In our experience, the majority of these cases settle out of court, and this is something the courts also encourage.
With 14 offices throughout Yorkshire, we are able to see clients in their own locality wherever in the county you are based. We also offer remote meetings through video calls on Zoom and Microsoft Teams for clients who are unable to travel to any of our offices, or for those of our clients who simply prefer this method of contact.
Whatever your requirements and wherever in the country you live, our contentious probate team is here to assist. Call us for free on 01484 821 500, or submit your claim online and a member of the team will get back to you as soon as possible
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The Legal 500, 2021