The legal professionals at Grant Saw can offer personalised guidance to provide quick and affordable legal guidance because they have experience handling contested Wills in a delicate manner. The Contested Trust and Probate Disputes team at Grant Saw are accredited by Lexcel, the legal industry's quality seal for client service, legal practice management, and compliance.
Grant Saw’s Contested Wills team are aware of how delicate Wills, trusts, and estate disputes can be. Usually, there are family members involved who have divergent opinions and expectations of what the deceased family member intended. These disagreements may centre on stepchildren, parties who are cohabiting, and inheritance rights in complex family arrangements following remarriages. When the deceased created a "DIY Will", this can further complicate matters because the Will may be invalid or potentially the product of undue influence.
“Our knowledgeable Contested Probate solicitors are available to advise you on the best course of action and discuss any payment arrangements” says Managing Partner, Ray Crudgington. “We will always take a proactive approach and keep you continuously informed about costs and timing estimations. To get the best outcomes for our clients, we strive to offer pragmatic solutions”.
A contested Will is a legal dispute over the validity of a Will. This can occur when one or more individuals challenge the validity of a Will or the distribution of assets outlined in the Will. The dispute may involve questions about the testator's mental capacity, undue influence, or whether the Will was executed properly. The outcome of a contested Will case can have a significant impact on the distribution of a deceased person's assets and can be a complex and emotionally charged process.
The prudent team at Grant Saw Solicitors is uniquely skilled to defend or oppose a Will's provisions according to their client’s requests. They use the 1975 Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act to bring or defend a claim against an estate for allegedly not making enough financial provisions and to declare a caveat or ask to have one removed in order to safeguard the client’s interests.
If an amicable solution cannot be reached, one of the parties engaged in the dispute will have to file a lawsuit. A claim typically takes between 12 and 18 months to reach trial. In most situations, claims are resolved through settlement terms that are mutually agreed upon before going to trial. It is feasible that the dispute might be resolved promptly if the parties are open to considering a negotiated settlement rather than starting court procedures.
About Grant Saw
Grant Saw are a firm of solicitors recognised for its excellence in the legal field. The firm holds accreditations for the Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS), Family Law Accreditation, the Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS), and the Lexcel accreditation from the Law Society for their practice management. They were awarded ISO:9001 in August 2013, a well-recognised standard that is only provided to companies who are dedicated to impeccable service and ethical excellence. These accolades set Grant Saw apart from other solicitors. Grant Saw is also a part of LawNet, a group of legal firms dedicated to exchanging information and creative approaches. Grant Saw is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Find out more details about our services by visiting https://grantsaw.com/.