Private Client, Wills, Probate & Estate Administration

Contentious Probate/Disputed Wills

Our team can offer expert guidance on any 'Contentious Probate' matters, having advised and represented a number of clients through their Will disputes to ensure their legal and financial interests are protected.

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Michael Prendergast Michael Prendergast

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    What is a contentious will?

    In some cases, disputes can arise over the contents of a Will or the administration of an estate; these matters are sometimes referred to as ‘Contentious Probate’ matters.

    In such a scenario, it is important to find trusted legal help to help navigate the Will dispute in the best way possible, whether you are the executor of the Will that is being challenged, or an individual looking to dispute the will yourself.

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    What issues can lead to a Will dispute?

    There are are a variety of different scenarios that could lead to a contentious will situation, with disputes concerning a Will or an estate including issues such as:

    • Capacity – did the person who made the will have capacity to make a Will?
    • Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 claims – was everybody who should have been provided for included in the Will?
    • Challenges to the appointment of Executors
    • Obtaining accounts from Executors/Administrators

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    Our experience with will disputes

    We have acted on behalf of Executors, Administrators, beneficiaries and dependants in relation to such disputes. We realise a dispute concerning a Will or an estate is a sensitive matter and we try to ensure a settlement is reached before matters proceed to court.

    However, should a settlement not be possible with regards to your Will dispute, we will act on your behalf in any court proceedings that may be issued. Our legal team can advise you on your full range of legal options and ensure that you are fully informed at every step of any contentious Will proceedings.

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    Where are these will services offered?

    We have been advising the people of Ormskirk, Skelmersdale, Wigan, Parbold, Burscough, Formby, Southport and throughout Lancashire, Merseyside and nationwide for over 200 years on probate disputes, disputes concerning Wills and Inheritance Act claims.

    Our specialist probate solicitors will be able to help you with your legal requirements and look at the exact circumstances around your specific Will dispute to ensure you receive the best possible legal guidance.

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    How can I get advice on will disputes?

    If you would like assistance with a dispute concerning a Will or an estate please call us on 01695 574 201 or email Michael Prendergast to discuss your disputed Will in more detail.

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