Trust, Probate and Will Disputes
It is a sad fact of life that disputes surrounding wills, probate, family trusts and estate administration are becoming more common. Changing demographics (in particular divorce and remarriage, more children by previous relationships and an ageing population) together with huge increases in the value of property over recent decades have all contributed to this growing trend. Together, these key drivers provide fertile ground for probate and will disputes, usually known collectively as contentious probate claims.
Such disputes can, however, be difficult and painful and wherever possible we advise family members to allow us to try to reach a resolution through negotiations, mediation or out of court settlement. Initiating litigation may assist in bringing about a settlement but a trial should be the last resort.
Whether you are contesting a will, looking to make a claim for family provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975), or have concerns about the administration of an estate or trust of which you are a beneficiary (or indeed are a trustee or executor faced with any such claims) we can assist you.
We have experience in dealing with disputes where the deceased held assets in different countries and often work together with colleagues in other jurisdictions, or with our in-house private client department, to achieve the best possible outcome.
For advice on any of these areas or to arrange a no obligation meeting, contact John Melville-Smith on 020 7725 8027. John is an experienced contentious trust and probate practitioner and full member of ACTAPS (the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists).