Disputes involving wills and estates are increasingly common. No-one likes to get involved in disputes, but if you are, it pays to be fully informed of your legal position and options to enable you to make better decisions.
Unlike many general disputes teams, who advise intermittently on will, estate and trust disputes, our highly experienced Inheritance and Trust Disputes team specialises solely on this aspect of law. We therefore have the depth of knowledge and expertise to give you the best possible advice.
Our Inheritance and Trust Disputes team is highly ranked in both the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners High Net Worth Guide.
Our specialist Inheritance and Trust Disputes Team regularly advises on:
challenges to the validity of a will or codicil
claims for financial provision from an estate under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
farming succession disputes
claims under the doctrine of proprietary estoppel
disputes between executors
claims against executors for breach of their duties
disputes between trustees
claims against trustees for breach of their duties
estate and trust disputes involving foreign assets
claims against the property of a deceased by a surviving spouse or cohabitee
Our legal advisers can discuss the claims available to you, together with your options and their suggested next steps to bring your matter to a swift conclusion.
Although we have extensive experience of court proceedings relating to inheritance and trust disputes, they can be costly, drawn-out and stressful. This means we will always encourage mediation or alternative dispute resolution as a first step, with court proceedings only if this fails.
How do I know if I need help with inheritance or trust disputes?
We strongly advise seeking specialist legal advice as soon as possible if there is any dispute, of if you expect there to be one.
This is particularly important for challenges to the validity of a will, or a claim for financial provision from an estate. Not acting fast can result in your claim being more difficult, or even impossible, to pursue.