Wills, Trust and Estate Disputes

We provide a friendly and sympathetic service to our clients to achieve a resolution, advising on probate, Will disputes and estate administration.

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Stuart Downey
Partner in Dispute Resolution

Losing a loved one is always a difficult time. A dispute can make things so much more painful and unpleasant. These types of disputes are inevitably personal, emotional and hugely important to all concerned. As each person and each family is unique, so are the disputes. Our clients are unique.

At TWM, we are here to be a trusted adviser, to explain and professionally guide you through the process in a friendly and sympathetic way, offering practical advice and pragmatic solutions. Our Wills, Trust and Estate Disputes team provides the specialist expertise and experience to achieve the best outcome we can for you.

Wills, Trusts and Estate Disputes (also known as Contentious Trusts and Probate or Private Wealth Disputes) describes a wide range of specialist work in the following areas:

  • Will challenges;
  • Inheritance Act Claims;
  • Trust Disputes;
  • Contentious Probate and Estate Administration;
  • Professional Negligence;
  • Pre-Death Agreements;
  • Challenging Lifetime Gifts;
  • Financial Abuse;
  • Statutory Will Disputes; and
  • Issues with Lasting Powers of Attorney or Deputyships.

Forming part of our Dispute Resolution department we have a specialist team of solicitors dealing with Will, Trust and Estate Disputes led by Stuart Downey. The team includes Chris Unsworth and Rebecca Westwood.

The Wills, Trust and Estate Disputes team works closely with the firm’s excellent Dispute Resolution department and the firm’s large and highly regarded Private Client team to deliver advice and expertise to trustees/executors, individuals and charities across a wide range of trust and Will/estate disputes.

Related services

Construction and Interpretation of Wills

Issues of construction and interpretation can be awkward and difficult to resolve. We have considerable experience in the professional drafting of Wills and trusts.

Contentious Probate Estate Administration

Even with a Will that is valid, numerous problems and issues can arise in relation to the administration of a deceased person’s estate.

Financial Abuse or Manipulation of Vulnerable Adults

Elderly or infirm persons can be subject to manipulation of care, welfare and finance. TWM has specialist knowledge in relation to these issues.

Inheritance Act Claims

You can claim for reasonable financial provision from a deceased person’s estate if the conditions are right, find out how TWM can assist you.

Mediation in Wills Disputes

In our specialist area of contentious trust and probate work, we refer the majority of our cases to mediation.

Will Challenges

Courts cannot set aside or vary the provisions of Wills simply because certain family members consider that they have not been treated fairly.

Wills, Probate and Powers of Attorney

Our Private Client team has the expertise to offer a range of private client services, including Wills, Probate and Powers of Attorney.

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