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Contentious Wills & Estates


Turn to us for resolution, no matter how difficult the circumstances

Disputes after the death of a relative can be distressing, acrimonious and complex to resolve

We take a sensitive and proactive approach, favouring a swift review of your claim so we can quickly advise on next steps to protect your position. We work hard to achieve the best possible outcome for you in the most cost effective way.

We have extensive experience in resolving disputes

Read our case studies for more information on we can support you on disputes

Inheritance Act Claims

These provisions enable someone to claim for financial provision if they have not been appropriately provided for under a Will or intestacy (when the deceased has died without a Will).
We are experts at handling Inheritance Act Claims. For more information, see here.

Will Challenges

For more information, see here.

Read our latest Contentious Wills & Estates blog

Removing an executor and obtaining costs: Fellner v Cleall [2021] EWHC 3599 (Ch)

Read our previous Contentious Wills & Estates blog

Rochford v Rochford [2021] WTLR 951 Adult child claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975

How we can help

Our specialist Solicitors are experienced in all aspects of litigation, so we are ready to give you the best representation if an out of court settlement cannot be negotiated.

Tara is an excellent, pragmatic solicitor with a keen eye for detail. She grasps factual and legal disputes very well and her advice to clients is always commercially practical

Chambers, High Net Worth 2022

Disputes during the estate administration process can be expensive and upsetting. We help you avoid them with our diplomatic approach

For families who have experienced disputes and estrangement, or for step-families, bereavement can be a particularly challenging time. We work with many people in these circumstances and find that as a diplomatic and independent third party we can often prevent tensions escalating into disputes.

If you would like more information on estate administration, please contact us.

I would like to give a special thanks to Tara, Beth & the team at The Burnside Partnership for their support...The team were always available to answer any queries or concerns...in a clear & professional way. 
I appreciate the way they guided me in my sad & difficult time. I highly recommend The Burnside Partnership, very professional.

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Miles v Shearer [2021] EWHC 1000 (Ch) – Put away your ‘chequebook’

The recent high-profile case of Miles v Shearer demonstrates that the court will not make an award for financial provision for an adult child where it considers they are not in financial need even where there is a large estate.


Grounds for challenging a Will

When a loved one dies, it can be difficult enough coping with the emotional and financial consequences of their death, without having to worry about either; defending a challenge brought against their will or mounting a challenge yourself. 


Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) 1975

When a loved one dies, it can be difficult enough coping with the emotional and financial consequences of their death, without having to worry about either; bringing or defending a claim brought against their estate.

Contact The Burnside Partnership

For more information on our services or how we can help, please get in touch.