Wills, Trusts & Estates Disputes

Wills, Trusts & Estates Disputes

Services

Our team are able to advise you on a wide range of disputes that arise upon someone’s passing, such as:

Will Disputes

Will Disputes

Inheritance act claims

Inheritance act claims

Estate administration disputes

Estate administration disputes

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Trust disputes

Trust disputes

Disputes regarding estate property or assets

Disputes regarding estate property or assets

Proprietary estoppel claims

Proprietary estoppel claims

Disputes regarding lifetime gifts

Disputes regarding lifetime gifts

Financial abuse

Financial abuse

Charity legacy disputes

Charity legacy disputes

Initial Consultation

If you would like to speak to one of our experts for an initial, no-obligation, consultation to discuss your matter and the options available to you, please send us a message or call 0203 553 7115.

Frequently Asked Questions

We are able to consider what are known as ‘alternative funding agreements’ on a case by case basis.

There is very rarely a dispute that is not suitable for settlement. We are therefore constantly advising on alternative ways in which a dispute can be concluded without the need to go to court.

A high percentage of all Wills, Trusts and Estates disputes reach settlement outside of court.

The court strongly encourages all parties to attempt to settle their disputes outside of court at all times via some form of ‘Alternative Dispute Resolution’ (commonly referred to as ‘ADR’).

There is no one accepted definition of ADR, however, it is generally understood to describe all dispute resolution methods other than court proceedings.

This can include negotiations between the parties, mediation and arbitration.

Our team has extensive experience in settling disputes to the satisfaction of our clients via all forms of ADR.

Mediation is the process whereby parties, with the assistance of a neutral third party (the mediator), identify the issues, explore the options for resolution and attempt to reach settlement.

There are different styles of mediation, but the most common is facilitative mediation, where, unlike a judge, the mediator will not provide their decision or an indication on the dispute based on its merits, but will work to facilitate agreement between the parties.

Occasionally, mediators may be asked to evaluate the dispute or identify the strengths and weaknesses of a particular case. This is called evaluative mediation.

Arbitration is an alternative to court as an option for resolving disputes. It is based on the parties’ agreement, i.e. all parties must agree to submit the dispute in question to arbitration. An agreement to arbitrate is usually a contractual one.

Arbitration is a private forum (non-court alternative) in which an independent arbitrator makes an award, acting in the same capacity as a Judge, to resolve the dispute. The arbitrator’s decision (award) is final and legally binding on all parties.

Litigation is uncertain and each case is unique. It is therefore almost impossible to confirm how much a certain dispute will cost.

Regardless of the law firm or the funding arrangement you have in place, your legal fees will be incurred on an hourly rate basis.

We therefore provide clear and considered estimates of fees to you at the outset of your matter and we constantly review these with you. Our aim is not only to ensure that you are provided with clear and precise advice throughout your matter, but also to ensure that you are able to consider the most commercially viable way to deal with your matter.

Key contacts

Call Dominic
Message Dominic

Dominic Green

Accreditations:

Member of Solicitors for the Elderly

Member of the Charity Law Association

Expertise:

  • Challenges to the validity of wills
  • Claims for financial or other provision from an estate (known as ‘Inheritance Act’ claims)
  • Disputes regarding the administration of an estate
  • Trust Disputes
  • Disputes regarding estate property or assets
  • Promises made by the deceased during their lifetime (commonly known as ‘Proprietary Estoppel’ claims)
  • Disputes regarding gifts made the deceased during their lifetime
  • Financial abuse
  • Charity legacy disputes
Call Natasha
Message Natasha

Natasha Kelt

Accreditations:

Member of the Charity Law Association

Expertise:

  • Will Disputes (commonly known as challenging the validity of a Will)
  • Claims for provision from an estate (commonly known as ‘Inheritance Act’ claims)
  • Disputes regarding the administration of an estate
  • Disputes regarding estate property or assets
  • Promises made by the deceased during their lifetime (commonly known as ‘Promissory Estoppel’ claims)

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I would like to thank you for the way in which you dealt with this matter all the way through. Particularly I would express my thanks for your prompt replies to all enquiries that I raised and for keeping me so well informed of the progress of the case.

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We would like to thank you and your team so much for all the help and advice we received and for acting in a courteous and professional manner at all times. Thank you also Lee for patiently addressing all the issues we raised and for explaining everything to us so clearly, sometimes repeatedly, until you were satisfied we fully understood the more complex issues with our Wills; you personally, were highly recommended to us by one of your grateful clients. Likewise, we too would not hesitate to highly recommend you to anybody planning to make a Will.

Lee Hibell, Private Client
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