Contested probate/estate claims

Timely, efficient and expert resolution of disputes over Wills.

The right trust arrangement can protect your wealth for future generations – but, unfortunately, many people fail to put their affairs in order before they pass away. The result can be that their families fall out over who should inherit what and there can also be questions over the validity of Wills.

Even when careful planning has taken place, things can go wrong. Executors of estates and Trustees of trusts may not carry out their duties correctly, or may disagree amongst themselves about how to proceed. Sometimes, court action may be required to resolve disputes. On death, it may become apparent that someone who was supposed to be looking after the deceased’s affairs during their lifetime (the attorney) wasn't doing so correctly. This can lead to the Executors challenging steps taken by the attorney.

At Weightmans, we have vast experience of all these disputes but, more importantly, we know how to avoid them in the first place. Drawing on expertise from across the firm, we aim to resolve issues as smoothly as possible, at what can be a very trying time.

Limitation and jurisdiction - The Care Act and recovery of care home fees

In a useful decision for local authorities, the High Court has dismissed an appeal against a county court decision in favour of Nottinghamshire County…

Morris Hill
Morris Hill Associate
News
Elderly Theft and Power of Attorney - legal comment

The recent ITV Tonight programme brought into focus the issue of Lasting Powers of Attorney, as it showed an increasing number of elderly people…

Julie Burgess
Julie Burgess Associate

Insights
What does 'living in the same household' actually mean?

In claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 'living in the same household' can be a crucial element to succeeding…

Lottie Tyler
Lottie Tyler Associate

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