Estate administration and Executor disputes

Top tier ranked law firm for contentious trusts and probate

Independently accredited by the legal 500 and Chambers 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)

Specialists in resolving estate administration issues

If someone close to you has dies then it can be a very upsetting time. Matters will only be made worse if you then face difficulty in resolving the administration of your loved one’s estate.

We have assisted clients with many different issues which can arise when dealing with the administration of an estate. Whether you are a beneficiary or an executor, we can look at your situation and advise you on the best way forward.

How can we help you with your estate administration and executor disputes?

  • Resolving disputes between executors and beneficiaries regarding how the estate should be administered
    We have helped both beneficiaries and executors to reach compromises to ensure that the beneficiaries can receive their share of the assets and progress can be made to conclude the administration of the estate as quickly as possible.
  • Bringing and defending claims made against executors for mismanaging assets and funds in the estate
    We will work hard to ensure that you are able to receive what is rightfully yours and recover any losses caused by the actions of executors.
  • Preventing individuals from becoming executors and removing executors
    You may have concerns that someone who has been appointed an executor is inappropriate for the role. Alternatively, someone may already have begun acting as an executor and there may be serious concerns about the steps they are taking. We are on hand to ensure the estate is managed properly.
  • Advising executors where claims are brought against the estate and when caveats have been entered which prevent progress being made
    We can provide our expertise to analyse the difference between claims which have merit and those claims which are merely designed to cause nuisance and delay the administration of the estate.
  • Advising executors where relatives refuse to leave or vacate a property belonging to the estate
    This issue commonly arises where a property has been left by a parent to multiple children, but one of those children lives in the property at the time of death and refuses to leave. We can help clarify the legal rights of the beneficiaries in these circumstances.

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 achieve the best results for you, quickly and efficiently.