Contesting a Will Dispute Solicitors

Our contesting a will dispute solicitors can help you resolve issues with executing a will and assist you in providing financial security for your loved ones. We work tirelessly to help resolve disputes quickly to minimise the risk of court proceedings.

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Why Choose Ansham White Solicitors?

At Ansham White Solicitors, our team of contesting a will dispute experts acknowledge that the death of a loved one is always a distressing and emotional time for those involved. Therefore, we closely work alongside our clients to ensure that the process as simply as possible. 

Our legal experts are able to assist you with all Will and Probate related matters including, obtaining grants of probate, letters of administration, cases of Will disputes, Contested probate and Inheritance claims.

Our team of probate lawyers have over 20 years of extensive experience in dealing with complex estate matters.

Our Wills and Probate team have specialist knowledge in handling all aspects of estate administration and provide both a professional and personal service. We offer compassionate and sympathetic advice to ensure that the process from start to finish is dealt with in the most efficient manner possible. Our aim is to lift the burden of Probate from our client in a cost-effective manner.

Book your FREE 20 minute discussion with our Will Dispute Solicitors on 0208 634 5850

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I have just finished instructing this firm on a contested probate matter and was outstanded by the service received. I had seen another firm prior and i was overwhelmed with legal jargon and information, so started looking for a new solicitor and came across this firm. My initial consultation was with Omair Butt and Rebecca Cockeram, i found them both to be very thorough and professional throughout and actually explained the process in a way i could understand. They kept me updated every step of the way for the last 8 months and i have had a great outcome. I would like to thank the team, including Shamim Ibrahim for all your hard work. I couldn’t be more happy with the result.
Nouman Ejaz
Nouman Ejaz
9. June, 2022.
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We approached Ansham solicitors for our property matter and for our rental property. They proved to be efficient, knowledgeable and reassuring. They explained all the stages and communicated very well. I would highly recommend them for legal work.
Umbreen Asghar
Umbreen Asghar
22. November, 2021.
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This firm is lovely, being 85 years old and hard of hearing Omair and Rebecca made sure to go through the LPA and Wills questionnaires with me and make sure that I fully understood and followed what they were saying. They were patient with my numerous calls and questions, they did not make me feel silly for asking. Would recommend this firm to anyone looking for a personal touch with their legal advice. Thank you.
Kushma Kurup
Kushma Kurup
19. November, 2021.
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It's not often I leave a review but have to say Ansham White Solicitors are very good and can't thank them enough for resolving my ongoing family matter. I would recommend this solicitors to my friends and family. Once again thank you.
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David Hlava
11. June, 2019.
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19. January, 2019.
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15. January, 2019.
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10. June, 2016.
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Contesting a Will

What reasons can you have to contest a will?

The main grounds for contesting a will are:

  • Lack of testamentary capacity (the mental capacity needed to make a valid will)
  • Lack of due execution (a failure to meet the necessary formalities, i.e. for the will to be in writing, signed, dated and witnessed correctly)
  • Lack of knowledge and approval of the will (i.e. not knowing the meaning or content of the will)
  • Undue influence or duress (pressure put on a person to make or change a will)
  • Fraud or forgery (i.e. faking a signature or making unauthorised changes to a will)
  • Rectification and construction (i.e. if a will is unclear or does not carry out a person’s true intentions and wishes)
 

What happens if someone contests a will?

Usually, you would enter a “caveat” with the Probate Registry, which prevents any other party from obtaining a grant of probate for 6 months, giving you the opportunity to determine whether you have reasonable grounds to challenge the will. The caveat can be extended by you or warned off by a potential applicant for a grant. To contest the will, you submit a claim form and supporting documents to the court. Mediation must be attempted before any such application to the court.

 

Is contesting a will expensive?

The amount it will cost to contest a will depends on how quickly the dispute can be settled. For example, if following initial correspondence, it is accepted that the will is invalid, the likely legal costs will be in the region of £1,000 to £1,500 plus VAT. If initial correspondence does not settle the dispute, the parties then engage in mediation or some other form of without-prejudice communications. The cost of progressing to this stage is often in the region of £8,000 to £10,000 plus VAT.

 

What happens if mediation or without prejudice fails?

If mediation or without prejudice communications are not successful, the next step would be to issue court proceedings. The cost of the claim would likely rise to between £15,000 and £20,000 plus VAT. If the matter proceeds to a final hearing, costs can increase to amounts over £80,000.

 

Can I contest a will if I’m not in it?

Technically, anyone can challenge a will, but it is usually contested by people involved in the person’s life who may or may not have been expecting to receive a share of their estate.

 

Who pays for contesting or defending a will?

Whenever contesting a will, if your claim proceeds to trial, the standard order is that the winning party has their reasonable costs paid by the losing party. 

 

You should first check any insurance you may have, which may cover legal expenses. For example, some bank cards and home insurance policies include such insurance. You can also speak to a solicitor to ask if they will act on your behalf using a conditional fee agreement (commonly known as a no-win no-fee agreement). While such agreements cover your own costs, they do not include the opponent’s costs in the event that you lose the claim. If you are unable to fund your claim through legal expenses insurance or a conditional fee agreement, a solicitor will usually request hourly payment.

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I have just finished instructing this firm on a contested probate matter and was outstanded by the service received. I had seen another firm prior and i was overwhelmed with legal jargon and information, so started looking for a new solicitor and came across this firm. My initial consultation was with Omair Butt and Rebecca Cockeram, i found them both to be very thorough and professional throughout and actually explained the process in a way i could understand. They kept me updated every step of the way for the last 8 months and i have had a great outcome. I would like to thank the team, including Shamim Ibrahim for all your hard work. I couldn’t be more happy with the result.
Nouman Ejaz
Nouman Ejaz
9. June, 2022.
Verified
We approached Ansham solicitors for our property matter and for our rental property. They proved to be efficient, knowledgeable and reassuring. They explained all the stages and communicated very well. I would highly recommend them for legal work.
Umbreen Asghar
Umbreen Asghar
22. November, 2021.
Verified
This firm is lovely, being 85 years old and hard of hearing Omair and Rebecca made sure to go through the LPA and Wills questionnaires with me and make sure that I fully understood and followed what they were saying. They were patient with my numerous calls and questions, they did not make me feel silly for asking. Would recommend this firm to anyone looking for a personal touch with their legal advice. Thank you.
Kushma Kurup
Kushma Kurup
19. November, 2021.
Verified
It's not often I leave a review but have to say Ansham White Solicitors are very good and can't thank them enough for resolving my ongoing family matter. I would recommend this solicitors to my friends and family. Once again thank you.
Z So
Z So
30. November, 2020.
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Pass
David Hlava
David Hlava
11. June, 2019.
Verified
Great service and very efficient, quick to get matters resolved would recommend
Paul Chantler
Paul Chantler
19. January, 2019.
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Pirahas Kumar
Pirahas Kumar
15. January, 2019.
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Shujaat Husain
Shujaat Husain
10. June, 2016.
Verified
Brilliant service, professional and very thorough.
Nadia Akhtar
Nadia Akhtar
14. September, 2015.

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