Experienced solicitors for when you need to contest a Will
You may be concerned that a Will left by a loved one doesn’t truly reflect what they would have wanted, or that the Will was written during a time of mental fragility. Whatever Will disputes you face, we have extensive experience in interpreting wills. We can help you contest a Will to ensure your loved one’s true wishes are honoured.
Why you may need legal advice from an expert Will disputes solicitor
There are many reasons why you might need expert help to contest a Will. As experts in contesting Wills, we can help, whatever your circumstances.
- The Will might not be valid
To be valid, a Will must be in writing, be signed by the person making it, and be witnessed and signed by two other people. If you think a loved one’s Will doesn’t meet these criteria, then it might not be valid. There are other reasons why Wills might be declared invalid as well – our team can listen to your concerns and give you expert advice.
- Because of mental incapacity
If a loved one suffers from dementia or some other illness affecting their mental ability, they might not be able to make decisions about their own affairs. If they made a Will during this time, you have every right to be worried. We can make investigations into their mental capacity at the time and provide you with advice about contesting the Will.
- You feel someone was exerting undue influence
You might feel that someone put undue pressure on a loved one when they were making their Will. If so, you want to be sure that person doesn’t affect your own inheritance. Cases of undue influence can be difficult to prove, but we can look into your case to see if it is worth taking further.
- Your loved one might not have known what they were signing
It’s all too easy to sign something without reading it properly. You may believe that your loved one signed a Will without fully understanding the contents or whom it
“Amanda Noyce (Band 4) is head of the inheritance and trusts disputes group at Royds Withy King in Bath. An interviewee describes her as “very approachable and understanding,” adding: “I couldn’t recommend her highly enough. She is very thorough with her investigations and covers all angles.” Chambers 2017 UK-wide
“Royds Withy King ‘achieves good results for its clients time and time again’. Amanda Noyce ‘is unflappable’ in Court of Protection applications involving mental capacity issues, as well as Inheritance Act, tax and professional negligence matters.” Legal 500 2016 South West