contentious Probate and Inheritance Disputes

Making a Will is the best way to ensure that your money, property and personal belongings are distributed as you wish after your death. Sadly, disputes can arise when the deceased did not leave a Will but even in cases where a valid Will exists, it can be challenged by people who believe that they should receive an inheritance if they’ve been excluded in the will or that they should receive a greater share of the estate if they are already a beneficiary.

Disputes of this nature are unfortunately increasing, but you don’t have to act alone - Ramsdens Solicitors are here to help. Our specialist lawyers are highly experienced in dealing with all types of Will, Trust and Estate Disputes. We can help you every step of the way whether you are contesting a will or bringing a claim against an estate or whether you are defending any claim against the Estate.


At Ramsdens, we are aware that cases involving inheritance disputes are highly sensitive, especially when family members and loved ones are involved. We have acted on behalf of executors, trustees, administrators, beneficiaries and dependents, dealing with all aspects of contentious probate matters including:

As well as being able to advise and represent you all the way to a contested trial if that is required, we will also advise you thoroughly about the costs involved and on the practical alternatives to litigation which may be available to you as a means of resolving the dispute - such as mediation.

We will explain the law in a clear and concise way to ensure you make the right choices in difficult decisions.


At Ramsdens, we offer a range of funding options depending on the circumstances of each case, including:

  • Pay as you go whereby you pay on an interim basis as and when costs are incurred
  • Conditional Fee Agreements ( more commonly known as CFAs or No-Win-No-Fee agreements)
  • Deferred Fee Agreements whereby payment of legal fees can be deferred until a later stage in the case or until conclusion
  • Fixed Fee Agreements whereby you pay an agreed fixed amount on account of different stages of work on your case.
  • Monthly Payment Plans whereby you pay an agreed amount per month towards your overall costs

We can also advise on different products and options which may be available to cover the cost of your claim.


We offer a professional and highly sympathetic approach, which combined with our efficient legal expertise, ensures that we can preserve family assets and minimise the stress and disruption these cases can cause. 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.

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).

We offer a free initial consultation for up to 30 minutes with one of our expert lawyers whereby we discuss your circumstances and any remedies which may be available to you as well as funding options.

Contact us

For advice and support on Probate and Inheritance Disputes, please either use the contact form on the right, email us at or call us on 01484 558058 and our team will advise you of the next steps with compassion and care.

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