We understand the death of a loved one can be an emotional time for the whole family. This is especially true if the deceased had not written a Will before their passing, or the intentions set out in their Will are unclear. This can sometimes lead to disputes over the interpretation of their wishes, and even over the validity of the Will itself.
We are leading specialists at helping families avoid these issues and working closely with Trustees in advising on the complexities of their role from the beginning, minimising the risk of breaching their fiduciary duties and avoiding disagreements at a later date. If disputes do arise, we work to resolve them as constructively as possible through mediation and settlement discussions. If Court proceedings are required, we have the depth of experience in our team to gain a strong and positive outcome.
We act for personal, professional and lay executors, individuals disputing or defending a Will, charities, trustees, beneficiaries and creditors.
Our experienced team can assist on all aspects of contentious Trusts and Probate, including:
- Contesting a Will
- Fraudulent Wills
- Invalid Wills
- Probate Court applications
- Claims for provision from an estate
- Disputes concerning executors
- Disputes about estate assets
- Advice and guidance for trustees
- Trustee actions for breach, negligence and restitution
- Removal of trustees
- Applications for inventory and accounts
No matter which area we can assist you in, our experienced team will provide clear and dependable advice that is supportive, sensitive and empathetic to what you wish to achieve.
Many of the lawyers on our dedicated estates team are members of The Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS), meaning we are recognised as specialists in this area of law.