Contentious Probate Claims
The Wills and Probate team at Blackstone Solicitors is here to help you protect your interests and to provide the all-important peace of mind that everything will be taken care of as you wish when you pass away. Sometimes, however, there are disagreements about how the estate of a person is administered after their death. We have considerable experience in this area of law and can advise you throughout the process. We can also help with all the documentation to ensure you achieve everything you are hoping to through the Will you make.
Contact us today and we can talk you through our services and how we can help you and your family. Simply call us on 0345 901 0445 or complete our online enquiry form and a member of the team will give you a call back as soon as possible.
At Blackstone, we always aim to provide the best service possible. Meticulous in our approach, we will make sure everything is dealt with as you wish and will keep you updated throughout the legal process, ensuring that you always know of any developments.
We place a huge emphasis on getting things done properly and efficiently. This is especially true when providing legal advice concerning dealing with a contentious probate claim; we have vast experience of this area of law, addressing the situation comprehensively and ensuring all of the necessary provisions to protect you, your family and your estate are properly set out, fulfilling every aim and objective whatever your requirements may be.
Our specialist solicitors are experts at resolving disputes, including where the beneficiaries of a Will are in disagreement, addressing issues with the interpretation of the Will, dealing with an executor who has mismanaged the estate and establishing the value of any assets in question
We can also help you contest probate if there is no Will and you want to challenge how the estate has been divided up.
Regardless of the complexity of the circumstances, our solicitors have the experience and specialist knowledge to help you achieve an outcome that protects you and your loved ones. We will take the time to make sure you fully understand the documentation and its objectives.
We are 100% committed to ensuring each and every one of our clients receives the highest quality service and we will go the extra mile to ensure that you are happy with the results gained. We understand it can be particularly difficult to deal with matters relating to death and inheritance, and this is why our friendly and approachable team always take a sympathetic and understanding approach, ensuring that you receive the support you need.
We believe communication is of the utmost importance. We will, therefore, keep you updated as things develop and our solicitors will provide practical, straightforward legal advice so that you can be confident everything is progressing as you would like.
Why Legal Help Is Important
Contentious Probate claims can also include:
- actions to remove executors;
- applications to court for directions regarding the administration of an estate;
- applications for delivery up of assets held by executors/beneficiaries;
- citations to accept or refuse probate;
- applications to issue and warn off caveats;
- applications for an inventory and account; and
- bringing or defending claims by estates.
Actions to remove executors
Contentious probate issues can arise between co-executors, administrators or between beneficiaries and executors at any stage of an estate administration or probate. This can involve disputes over the value of assets, the suitability of executors, probate fees and any other concerns over an executor’s actions.
Disputes between beneficiaries
Unfortunately, it can be quite common for contentious probate issues to arise between beneficiaries after a person has died. Our contentious probate solicitors have significant experience in dealing with these issues in a sympathetic manner.
Claims by or against the estate
As an executor, you stand in the shoes of a deceased person. This means that any claims relating to the deceased can be brought by or against you. That carries with it certain risks and duties; for instance, you might need to consider bringing a claim if it’s in the best interests of the estate and its beneficiaries to do so. Similarly, you might have to defend any claims brought against the deceased.
At Blackstone, we can help to ensure any Contentious Probate Claim achieves the outcome you are looking for. It is imperative that you seek expert legal help to ensure the drafting is correct and accurately reflects your wishes and address any complexities of your personal circumstances.
We can provide help with a wide range of matters relating to wills and probate, including:
- Will writing
- Deeds of variation
- Inheritance planning
- Probate and estates
- Lasting Powers of Attorney
Wills and Probate
When you pass away, there are various important tasks which need to be completed. The making of a Will is incredibly important, not least because it means that your chosen executors are given the responsibility of ensuring the tasks are carried out and that your wishes are respected. It also means that you will not be said to have died intestate. If this happens it means that the appointment of the administrators of the estate will be decided by the Intestacy Rules. The people administering your estate may not be those who you would have chosen.
If you die without a Will, there is a danger that:
- Your surviving spouse might not inherit all that you want them to
- Your children may be disinherited unintentionally
- Your family home may have to be sold
- There may be no automatic entitlement for your unmarried partner or for example stepchildren or friends
- No guardian has been appointed for your young children
The legal right to deal with a person’s estate – which includes their money, property and possessions – upon their death can be applied for via a grant of representation, otherwise known as probate if a Will had been made or a Grant of letters of administration if the person had died intestate, without making a Will. At Blackstone, we can provide all of the probate services you require.
Get in Touch
Contact us today to discuss any matter relating to a contentious probate claim. We can talk about your situation in-depth and get to the bottom of what you need and how we can help. We are here to answer any questions which you have, and we aim to make everything as simple for you as possible.
Our team is approachable and professional and we will do everything in our power to help you get the outcome you need. Call us on 0345 901 0445 or, if you would prefer us to contact you, leave your details via our online enquiry form.
We offer our services to clients in Manchester, Chester, Cheshire and throughout the rest of the UK. We also have an office in London.