Wills & Inheritance Disputes

Inheritance dispute

What to do when a family member has passed away and what has been left to you in their Will is not what you expected?  

At Robertsons Solicitors, our inheritance dispute solicitors deal with this question regularly. For example, we might be able to challenge the Will in question if you have concerns about the validity of a Will, or you feel you’ve been excluded unfairly. For example, a challenge can be brought if you think the deceased was threatened or pressured into making the Will. Or maybe you believe the deceased didn’t have the mental capacity to make a Will due to a medical condition such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

We can also help if you are a beneficiary or the executor of a Will and a claim is being brought against the estate. We can look to defend the Estate if you don’t agree with what is being asked.

No matter the nature of your inheritance dispute, our solicitors at Robertsons can evaluate your case and advise you on costs and timescales.   We have experience in claims under the Inheritance Act, invalid Wills, disputes with executors and dealing with mistakes in Wills and probate.

Inheritance claims aren’t simple matters, and they’re often difficult to bring forward. Whatever your reason for wanting to contest a Will, you’ll need specialist advice on how strong your claim is and what you may be entitled to under the law. Our approach is sensitive, and we emphasise reaching a speedy and cost-effective solution to your Will- or probate dispute.  

Should you choose Robertsons Solicitors to deal with your inheritance dispute, you’ll have peace of mind that your case is being handled by specialist solicitors, highly skilled in this niche area of the law. Inheritance dispute matters often have short timeframes in which you’re allowed to bring a claim, so acting quickly is always advised.

Wills & Inheritance Dispute FAQs

For a Will to be valid, the person who made it must have been of sound mind, and it must have been the person’s intention to make a Will.   The person must have been over eighteen and made the Will voluntary and in writing. They must have signed the Will. There must have been two witnesses who signed in the presence of the Willmaker.

Proving that a Will is invalid means showing that one or more of these conditions have not been met. Often, in England and Wales, this means proving that a Will was made due to undue influence or by someone lacking the mental capacity to make a will.

Disputing a Will is a complex process and many people prefer employing an experienced probate solicitor when going down this road.  However, keeping the family together should always be a top priority, and people are not always rational when contesting a Will or probate.

It isn't easy to predict.  Some disputes can be solved quickly, whereas others can proceed to court, costing a lot of money.   If you think you’ve got a case, contact one of our experienced solicitors at Robertsons to advise you about the way forward.

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