Wills Disputes and Contentious Probate

Wills Disputes and Contentious Probate Solicitors in Gloucestershire

When a Will is contested or if there is an inheritance dispute, this is often referred to as ‘contentious probate’. Unfortunately, disputes over a Will or how an estate is being handled following the death of a loved one are not uncommon. 

At Langley Wellington, we have extensive experience in handling disputes concerning Wills, Trusts and Estates and can act on behalf of a variety of clients, including beneficiaries, families, and individuals.

We can also help you defend a challenge to a Will or how the assets have been distributed.

 

Contentious Probate Lawyers Cheltenham and Gloucester

We understand that a dispute over a Will at an already stressful time can only add to your grief. Seeking early legal advice from our experienced and sympathetic team can help ensure your loved ones’ wishes are carried out as they would have intended.

Our specialist contentious probate lawyers in Cheltenham and Gloucester are members of the Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists (ACTPS). Membership requires completion of strict criteria and substantial experience in this area.

Through our knowledge and expertise, our inheritance law experts will guide you through the process, finding a solution best for you.

 

How can you challenge a Will?

There are two ways you can contest a Will:

  1. Because a Will is invalid.
    You can contest a Will on the grounds that it is invalid. A Will might be invalid for various reasons, including:
  • It hasn’t been made or executed properly.
  • The person making the Will (the ‘testator’) lacked mental capacity.
  • There was undue influence on the testator.
  • The Will has been forged.
  • There was a lack of knowledge and approval.

 

  1. Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975.
    If a Will is valid, but you feel like you have been left out, treated unfairly or not been properly provided for, you may be able to bring a claim under the Inheritance Act.

Inheritance Act claims can only be brought by the following:

  • Spouse of civil partner of the deceased.
  • Former spouse or civil partner of the deceased, provided they have not remarried or entered into another civil partnership.
  • A child of the deceased.
  • Any person who is treated as being a child of the deceased.
  • Any person financially dependent on the deceased.

Challenging a Will can be complex, and specialist legal advice is vital.

If you are considering contesting a Will, speak to Langley Wellington. Our specialist contentious probate lawyers can determine whether you have a claim and advise on the best way to proceed.

We can also help beneficiaries facing a challenge to a Will defend a claim.

 

Legal advice on Contentious Probate and Will Disputes

As each case is unique and often highly sensitive, we offer an initial half-hour consultation free of charge to discuss the options that may be available to you. To book a free 30-minute phone consultation, you can call us on 01452 521286, email us at lawyers@langleywellington.co.uk or make an online enquiry.

Langley Wellington LLP’s highly trained and skilled Will dispute solicitors can tackle this issue either if a Will needs to be challenged or if it needs to be defended.

Probate, Wills and Estate Planning Solicitors

If you are looking to make a Will, advice on Estate Planning or management, or require any kind of elderly care or probate services, our dedicated private client and probate practitioners are on hand to provide help.

To find out more about our range of services, please visit our Private Client page.

 

Our Costs

At Langley Wellington, we realise that you may have concerns about the cost of legal advice or taking legal action in a dispute. We will explain all the options available to you, finding a timely and cost-efficient solution that is right for you and your situation.

Your lawyer will always make sure you are fully aware of any fees involved and provide you with honest about the likelihood of success in bringing or defending a contentious probate or inheritance dispute claim.

To speak with one of our Wills and Probate Dispute team, call 01452 521 286 email us atlawyers@langleywellington.co.ukor make an online enquiry.

 

Our Fees

At Langley Wellington, we realise that you may have concerns about the cost of legal advice or taking legal action in a dispute. We will explain all the options available to you, finding a timely and cost-efficient solution that is right for you and your situation.

Your lawyer will always make sure you are fully aware of any fees involved and provide you with honest about the likelihood of success in bringing or defending a contentious probate or inheritance dispute claim. 

How can we help?

Our Fees

At Langley Wellington, we realise that you may have concerns about the cost of legal advice or taking legal action in a dispute. We will explain all the options available to you, finding a timely and cost-efficient solution that is right for you and your situation.

Your lawyer will always make sure you are fully aware of any fees involved and provide you with honest about the likelihood of success in bringing or defending a civil dispute claim.  

Our Dispute Resolution Team

The dispute resolution team will be happy to speak with you regarding all areas of your legal matters.
You can find out more about our team by clicking on the links below.

Contact our Solicitors

Langley Wellington is a forward-thinking law firm acting for clients nationwide. Whatever your legal requirements, we are here to help.

Get in touch with our Solicitors today. Call one of our offices on the numbers provided below, or fill out our contact form here. 

Gloucester Office: 01452 521 286
Cheltenham Office: 01242 269 998