Disputes

What is contentious probate?

Contentious probate is the term used to describe any kind of dispute arising out of a will or intestacy (when someone dies without making a will).

Our team of experts is experienced in dealing with all types of contentious probate issues and act for claimants, personal representatives, trustees and beneficiaries.

Free advice

We offer free advice sessions on the following matters:

• claims under the Inheritance (Family and Dependants) Act
• incorrectly written wills
• improper execution of the will
• disputes over the terms of the will
• claims against the estate, executors and/or trustees
• disputes over the running (administration) of an estate

We also advise where, for whatever reason, insufficient provision or no provision at all is made for those left behind. If you find yourself in this situation we can help you apply to the court for an appropriate award from the deceased’s assets. Getting prompt advice is essential as there are time limits for making such applications.

Our approach

We understand that taking such steps can be very distressing and can lead to family disputes. We attempt to alleviate those concerns whilst offering impartial advice on whether or not to consider taking legal action. Often we find a problem can be solved quickly and easily with some common sense advice.

However, if legal action is required we have experience in challenging and defending the validity of wills. This is a complicated area where careful preparation and a clear understanding of the rules is necessary. This is particularly so if we need to establish that a will has been made under undue influence or that there was, at the time, a lack of capacity.

For further advice or to instruct us please contact Robert on 01752 668246 or send an email by clicking here.


If you are looking for a dispute solicitor in Plymouth, Plympton, Plymstock and the surrounding area, choose the Plymouth dispute solicitors, Gard & Co. Solicitors.

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