Contentious Probate Solicitors
Disputes over the validity of a Will or how probate is being handled are common and can be very complex, especially where there are substantial assets involved. Conflict often also arises over decisions the deceased made before their death, as well as in relation to trusts and jointly owned properties.
If these inheritance disputes are not handled in the right way, they can become highly contentious, time-consuming and expensive. We understand that disputes between family members can quickly escalate and need to be dealt with firmly but also with sensitivity and tact.
With the right legal guidance, most contentious probate disputes can be resolved smoothly and effectively, often without the need for court proceedings. We have many years of experience in acting for claimants and defendants, executors and administrators, trustees and beneficiaries, so are able to consider the issues from all sides and give the right tactical advice.
At IBB Law, we have exceptional specialist expertise in dealing with all types of Wills, trusts and probate disputes. Our contentious probate solicitors have particular experience dealing with high value estates, including those involving complex issues, such as foreign assets and other jurisdictions. We pride ourselves on coming up with creative solutions to even the most emotionally charged and bitterly fought family disputes.
Our contentious probate solicitors can assist with resolving problems including:
- Challenging a Will
- Correcting mistakes in a Will
- Inheritance Act claims for dependants not sufficiently provided for in a Will
- Disputes over lifetime transactions and gifts made by the deceased prior to their death
- Disputes over co-ownership of property included in an estate
- Executor and estate administrator disputes
- Trust disputes
- Professional negligence claims against solicitors and Will writers
We can also provide independent estate administration and trustee services where required.
Our typical clients include company directors, investors, entrepreneurs and many High Net Worth Individuals in the UK and internationally. As such, we can offer the exceptional personal legal service required to deal effectively with the pressures involved in high value contentious Wills, trust and probate matters and achieve the best available result under even the most difficult circumstances.
We tailor our approach to reflect your goals and concerns. Our contentious probate team are highly skilled in mediation and other alternative dispute resolution methods, as well as having the robust litigation skills needed should court proceedings be required.
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Our expertise in dealing with contentious probate
We have been helping clients to deal with all types of contentious probate matters for many years, with a strong track record of achieving favourable results under even the most challenging and emotionally charged circumstances.
We are highly ranked by the Legal 500 for our expertise in Contentious Probate and by Chambers & Partners for our expertise in Private Wealth Law. Additionally, we hold the Legal 500’s top Tier 1 ranking for our expertise in Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate.
Our Wills and Probate team have achieved the Law Society’s Wills & Inheritance Quality accreditation, further demonstrating our strong expertise in this area of law.
IBB Partners Paul Grimwood and Amanda Melton are both contentious Wills, trust and probate solicitors with many years’ experience handling the most complex and sensitive inheritance disputes. Paul and Amanda are both members of The Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS).
Paul is also an ADR Group Accredited Mediator (and as of 2020 Online Mediator) and is registered with The Civil Mediation Council. He uses his mediation expertise and experience to help clients resolve inheritance disputes, avoiding the delay, cost and inconvenience of court proceedings while minimising the potential for damaging family conflicts.
Amanda has been recognised by the Legal 500 for her expertise in handling contentious probate disputes, in particular the way she “combines exceptional professional knowledge with strong interpersonal skills” and for her “straight-talking approach and honesty”.