Contentious Probate

Dividing up a deceased loved one’s estate can be complex and emotional, particularly if you feel like the estate is being mismanaged or there are disagreements amongst beneficiaries. However, our contentious probate solicitors are here to help support you when it comes to effectively contesting probate.

What Is Contentious Probate?

Contentious probate refers to all disputes regarding the administration of a person’s estate after death.

Contentious probate claims may include:

  • Claiming against an estate where someone isn’t named as a beneficiary in the will.

For example, if someone was looked after financially by the person who has died but they aren’t a beneficiary in the will, a claim can be made to be included as a beneficiary and receive a lump sum payment from the estate. These claims are made under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975.

  • Dealing with a mismanaged estate.

This can include:

– A beneficiary believing that the estate has not been shared out correctly.

– Instances where an executor had failed to perform their given duties.

If you believe that an executor is mismanaging a deceased estate, you can apply to have them removed from their role. If you wish to become an executor, Newtons can lead you through the process.

  • Contesting the interpretation or validity of a will.
  • Disagreements between the estate’s beneficiaries.
  • Disputes as to funeral arrangements of the deceased.

When there are multiple beneficiaries, or there are various assets and properties in the UK and abroad to be considered, things can get complicated very quickly. Rural estates and trusts can add a further layer of confusion for all beneficiaries involved, which is why contested probate solicitors are needed to help guide you through the process.

  • Disputing the value of assets.

Raising contentious probate claims can be frustrating and confusing. But, with the help of a probate dispute solicitor, things need not be complicated.

 

How Can We Help?

At Newtons, we can help to ensure that any contests to the probate are resolved quickly and fairly.

If you are involved with a contentious probate claim and need help resolving any claims or disputes relating to the administration of someone’s estate, please contact us today and speak with our specialist wills, trusts, and probates team.