Contesting a Will

Top tier ranked law firm for contentious trusts and probate

Independently accredited by the legal 500 and Chanbers UK

Dedicated team of specialist solicitors

Clear understanding of complex and high value cases

Members of ACTAPS and STEP

Lexcel Legal Practice Quality Mark (The Law Society Accredited)

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

Our credentials

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


[The team provided] wise advice throughout and were very clear and honest about costs and the chances of success. Everything I was looking for. I am most grateful.
Mr D Bartlett

FAQs

The time limits that may affect your claim will depend on the type of claim you are looking to bring. Some claims have strict time limits, which may be as short as 6 months after a Grant is obtained from the Probate Registry. However, even if your claim is not subject to a strict time limit, you will want to make sure that the property you are claiming against remains safe and secure. For this reason, whatever the nature of your claim, we recommend getting in touch with us as soon as possible to protect your position.

We like to consider each case before we meet with prospective clients. This aims to ensure that you do not need to pay for unnecessary fees, should we feel that there is not a case worth pursuing.

Please complete the enquiry form, providing us with as much detail as possible. We will then aim to get back to you within 24 hours with a response. We are also happy to have a short no obligation phone conversation with you, in order to understand the case further and advise on the next steps to be taken.

Some can last just a few weeks, but others may, unfortunately, take many months to resolve. Whatever your circumstances, we take an active approach and look for practical solutions to help settle a case as quickly as possible. We’ll treat every case as sensitively and efficiently as possible, always focusing on the best interests of our clients. By aiming to settle your case well before trial, we’ll hopefully save you time, stress and money.

Once we have considered your case we can provide you with advice about the anticipated costs and the options of funding that are available. Your funding options may include:

  • Funding the costs yourself
  • Funding the costs through your legal expenses insurer
  • Funding through a “no win no fee” agreement

Whatever your situation, we’ll make sure to keep you fully informed every step of the way. We try and settle just about every case before it comes to trial, which keeps costs to a minimum and ensures you have as much control over any agreement reached as possible.

 

 


Contact us now to find out how we could help you contest a will and achieve the best results for you, quickly and efficiently.