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Contentious Wills & Estates

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We are experienced in resolving disputes arising from Wills, probate and trusts and a broader array of related matters.

We are here to provide solutions in difficult circumstances

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

We take a sensitive and proactive approach, favouring a swift approach to review your claim and 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 disputes case studies here

Read our latest blog, Rochford v Rochford [2020] (currently unreported) Adult child claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 here.

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.

Showed particular care and sensitivity during a very difficult time.

Chambers, High Net Worth 2017

Avoiding estate disputes through 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 families in these circumstances and find that as a diplomatic and independent third party we can often prevent tensions escalating into disputes. Disputes can be expensive and distressing during the estate administration process.
If you would like more information on estate administration, please contact us.

Contentious Wills & Estates News

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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.

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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. 

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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.