Interpreting the terms of wills and trusts

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Expert advice to help you understand the meaning of Wills and Trusts

Wills and Trusts can sometimes be very complex and difficult to understand. This is particularly so if circumstances have changed since the documentation was first prepared or if the terms included were unclear or included by mistake.

Our expertise in wills and trusts helps us clarify the meaning of the documentation and will help you understand what options are available, should that interpretation not meet with your expectations.

What issues may arise in interpreting wills and trusts?

  • The terms of the will or trust may be unclear
    We can help review your documentation and provide expert advice on the meaning of the terms within wills and trusts. Where the meaning of terms is disputed by the parties involved, we can assist with applications to Court to seek clarification.
  • Mistakes have been made in the document
    Unfortunately mistakes can and do occur when documentation is drafted. Sometimes those mistakes can have serious implications on the entitlement of the intended beneficiaries. We can analyse wills and trusts, together with the circumstances which led to the documents being created, to advise whether there is evidence that terms were included by mistake. If so, we can assist with applications to court to have the mistakes corrected.
  • Assets left in a will are no longer available
    Gifts of certain assets may have been left in will, but were later sold or invested in a different way. We can advise you what should happen to the gift in the current 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 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 with interpreting the terms of a will or a trusts.