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Disputes

Disputed Wills, Trusts & Probate

Disputes are difficult and upsetting at the best of times, particularly if family relationships are involved or following a bereavement. Our experienced and dedicated legal team can take the stress out of the situation and help you, and those around you to resolve disputes simply and quickly, whether by reaching an agreement or (if required) through appropriate court action.

Our aim is to provide clear and uncomplicated advice whatever your circumstances may be. Our sensitive, practical and thorough approach means we will protect your interests, explain your options and ensure you receive costs advice. Those we have helped in the past include: executors, trustees, personal representatives, beneficiaries, charities, attorneys, deputies, creditors, carers and vulnerable adults.

We can manage and resolve a variety of difficult legal situations for you, including:

  • Claims for financial provision to be made from an estate
  • Challenges to the validity of a will
  • Disputes about legacies
  • Challenges to lifetime gifts
  • Problems in the interpretation of wills and trust documents
  • Disputes between executors or trustees and beneficiaries
  • Problems with estate administrations, including challenging costs and recovering debts
  • Cases in connection with the Mental Capacity Act 2005, including applications to the Court of Protection for statutory wills and the appointment and conduct of deputies and attorneys.

Our team are members of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) and have extensive experience of managing complex disputes, both home and abroad.

Latest News & Blogs

Festive family dispute
Dec
2018

Family disputes during the Christmas period are not uncommon, given the financial and other pressures which the festive period can sometimes bring.

Law-Commission-Delay-Wills-Project
Nov
2018

Inheritance Act claims must be issued before the limitation date or the claimant will require the court’s permission to bring a claim, which can be refused.

Meet the team

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At Lester Aldridge LLP, department head Victoria Jones specialises in contested will, trust and probate cases. She represents charities, care homes, families and private clients and has a particular strength in cases involving vulnerable adults, the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Court of Protection. Graham McLean joined the team in May 2017 and was made a partner in November 2017. He represents private individuals, professional advisers and charitable institutions in disputed will, trust and probate cases.
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