Your experienced partner if you need to contest a Will
‘We can help you defend or contest a Will to make sure it represents a loved one’s wishes’
You may be concerned that a Will left by a loved one doesn’t truly reflect what they would have wanted. On the other hand, a relative may be questioning the validity of a Will that you are set to benefit from. Whatever Will disputes you face, we can help resolve them.
Why you may need legal advice from an expert Will disputes solicitor
There are many reasons why you might need expert help to defend or contest a Will. As experts in writing, contesting and defending 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 been 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. On the other hand, you might need legal help if someone is challenging you about a Will that you’re benefiting from. Whatever the circumstances, we can help defend or contest a 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. Alternatively, we can also help if someone is accusing you of influencing a Will.
- 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 was benefiting. Alternatively, a family member may make a claim like this against you. Whatever your situation, our expert team can help you work out the next steps to take.
- You suspect fraud or forgery
If you think that someone has tampered with a loved one’s Will in some way, for example by forging a signature, or by lying to the person making the Will, we can help. Fraud or forgery can be difficult to prove, but we can listen to your concerns and let you know whether it is worth bringing a case.
“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