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Contested Estates

Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult things any of us have to go through. The grieving process can become even more difficult when there is a dispute over a Will.

It’s now commonplace for an individual’s Will to be contested because of factors such as:

  • The average estate is worth around £150,000, with many being worth considerably more
  • Families are fractured and separated, with about 42% of marriages ending in divorce
  • One in six people over the age of 80 suffer with Alzheimer’s, with many more elderly people suffering from dementia
  • More cases enable further certainty and clarity on the possible outcome of such litigation. In 2013 the High Court stated that over the previous 5 years there had been a 700% increase in the amount of probate claims.

At Blanchards Bailey, our experienced litigators can help you understand the different aspects of disputed estates and Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 claims, as well as the impact they can have on you, the estate, the executors and other beneficiaries.

Our specialist solicitors make it a priority to understand family history, the extent of the assets, why a claim is being brought or why you wish to bring a claim. They can then provide you with both legal and practical advice to reach a conclusion as quickly as possible.

We are experts in litigation involving...

  • The validity of the Will
  • The deceased’s capacity
  • Undue influence
  • EU succession regulations
  • Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants Act)
  • Proprietary estoppel and constructive trust
  • Larke v Nugus requests
  • The removal of executors and trustees
  • Breach of trust
  • Caveats