Whether you are challenging or defending a Will, our specialist lawyers can assist you to ensure your dispute is dealt with as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Who can challenge a Will?
Anyone who has an interest in the estate can contest a Will but there must be strong grounds to do so. If a person has not received as much as they expected or has been left completely out of the Will then a claim under The Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 might be more appropriate and please see our Inheritance Act page.
See our FAQs below for more information.
Why instruct our firm?
We are experts at handling Will challenges and we pride ourselves on our ability to explain matters in straightforward terms using understandable language to assist you in resolving your dispute.
Our Contentious Wills & Estates team is led by Partner, Tara McInnes.
Tara has acted on a number of reported cases, the most notable of which are: acting for the trustees in the high-profile case of Brooke v Purton & ORS (2014) EWHC 547 (Ch), which was the first case to be decided since Marley v Rawlings (2013), involving the rectification of wills; and acting for the claimant in the equally high profile and widely reported case of Elliott –v- Simmonds (2016) EWHC 962 (Ch), which resulted in a change to the decision on costs in passive defence claims. More recently, Tara acted in the unreported case of Rochford v Rochford involving an adult child claim under the Inheritance Act (and details about this case can be found here) and also in the reported case of Fellner v Cleall  EWHC 3599 (Ch).
Tara is also a PDSL accredited and International Mediation Institute (IMI) qualified mediator and is able to act as mediator in either contentious probate or civil litigation matters.
What are the grounds for challenging a Will?
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Can we help?
Whether you need to dispute a Will or defend your inheritance, we will work with you to achieve the best results for you.
We are more than happy to have an initial conversation to confidentially discuss such types of claims.
Should you wish to speak with us, please contact Tara McInnes at moc.pihsrentrapedisnrubeht%40sennicm.arat or call 01865 987781.
Every client is valued equally and treated with genuine compassion.
Legal 500, 2019