We understand if you have lost someone close this will be a difficult time for you. It is particularly difficult if you find that person’s Will does not say what you expect it to. It may be that you have been left out of a Will or left with inadequate financial provision, or you believe the person who made the Will did not understand it, or that the Will does not reflect the person’s wishes or pressure was put on them to leave their estate to a particular person. If you find yourself in this position, you may have grounds to challenge the Will.
Alternatively it may be that you are the Executor of a Will and find that someone is contesting a Will or making a claim against the estate. An Executor’s role in administrating an estate does not always proceed smoothly, there may be arguments between the Executors, the beneficiaries may allege the Executors are not doing their job properly or a claim may be made against the estate.
If you are concerned about any of the above issues, you should come and talk to us. We will be able to provide practical advice on your rights and whether a challenge to a Will, is likely to be successful.
For information on how a Will can be challenged, please click here.
Whether you are the person contesting a Will or whether you are an Executor and someone else is contesting the Will or making a claim against the estate, we can advise you on your rights and can help you through this process. We pride ourselves on being approachable and building excellent and trusting relationships with clients. We understand these are stressful issues and often involve delicate family/emotional relationships which must be dealt with sensitively. We will always work with your best interests at heart giving clear and practical advice.
We also understand costs can be a worry for people. Please come and talk to us and we can advise you on your options with regard to costs and in some cases where agreement is reached those costs may be payable out of the estate although this is not always the case. Our aim is to provide cost effective and high quality legal advice.
If you would like more advice on these issues, or indeed writing a will, please contact Jacqueline Penfold on 01323 727321.