Disputed Wills, Trusts and Estates
The Ashfords' Disputed Wills, Trusts and Estates Team is a leading team of will disputes and contentious probate solicitors. We specialise in disputes relating to Wills, Probate, Trusts and Estates, as well as advising on contentious Court of Protection matters. Providing a national service from our offices in London, Bristol, Exeter, Taunton, Tiverton and Plymouth. Working closely with other specialist departments within the firm, including the highly regarded Wills Trusts and Estates department, to provide a seamless and comprehensive service to clients across the country. The team advises private individuals, charities, trustees and beneficiaries and are looked upon as a Trusted Advisors by clients.
We adopt a commercial and pragmatic approach to disputes and have extensive experience of resolving disputes by mediation and other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution.
If you would like advice on challenging a Will, or indeed on any other inheritance or trust dispute, please contact our Disputed Wills, Trusts and Estates Team by telephone on +44 (0)1884 203 018 or FREEPHONE 0800 0931336, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- Claims for financial provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 (Inheritance Act claims)
- Executor / personal representative disputes including claims for removal of an executor
- Estate administration disputes
- Challenges to the validity of Wills or Trust Documents
- Will construction (interpretation) disputes and rectification
- Fraudulent Wills
- Donatio Mortis Causa (Deathbed gifts)
- Caveats, warnings, appearances
- Trustee disputes
- Claims against estates by third parties
- Disputes relating to lifetime transactions (commonly for lack of capacity, undue influence or fraud)
- Proprietary estoppel claims, constructive trust and resulting trust claims
- Variation and rectification of trusts
- Professional negligence claims relating to the preparation of wills, trusts and estate administration
- Contentious Court of Protection matters including financial abuse claims, contentious Deputyship applications Disputed Powers of Attorney, and statutory will applications
- Burial and cremation disputes
- Applications for Court approval on behalf of minor children and protected parties to vary the entitlements under a will or the intestacy rules.
- Challenging the validity of a will for lack of mental capacity.
- Defending a claim that a will is invalid on the basis of undue influence and/or lack of knowledge or approval.
- Application for an order for removal of an executor.
- Advising on claims against a trustee for mismanaged trust funds.
- Advice on a mutual will and the rights and obligations of a mutual wills trust.
- Advising on a claim on behalf of a minor child of the deceased under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.
- Conducting Court of Protection proceedings regarding acts of an attorney under a Lasting Power of Attorney.
- Making an application for Court approval, on behalf of minor children, of a variation of the trusts created under the intestacy rules
- Advising a national charity in respect of a claim brought by a dependent child under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.
- Advising the Trustees of a charity in respect of the re-negotiation of multiple service level agreements.
- Assisting with an application for a contentious Statutory Will in the Court of Protection.
- Defending a "deathbed gift" (Donatio Mortis Causa) claim against an estate.
- Assisting with an investigation by the Office of Public Guardian against an attorney appointed by a Power of Attorney
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