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Inheritance Disputes Solicitors in Taunton

Contested Wills, Inheritance Act Claims and Contentious Probate Disputes in Somerset

We are one of the leading firms not just in the South West but in the UK in this specialist area of law, earning a reputation for combining our sensitive approach to disputes with a determination to fight to get the very best result for our clients. 

When disputes involving probate or inheritance arise, it is vitally important that specialist legal advice is sought as soon as possible.  Strict time limits operate and a potential Inheritance Act claim can be barred by delay.

We have a team of specialist and dedicated contentious probate and inheritance dispute lawyers based right here on your doorstep in Taunton.  It is so important in this area of law to consult a lawyer who is a genuine expert in their field.   Instructing a solicitor who "dabbles" is one of the worst mistakes you can make and we cannot stress enough the importance of making contact with one of our specialist lawyers at the earliest opportunity.

We regularly deal with the following types of dispute:

1. Challenges to the validity of a Will on the grounds of:

  • lack of testamentary capacity;
  • undue influence;
  • lack of knowledge and approval;
  • failure to execute a Will correctly;
  • revocation by a later Will;
  • fraud or forgery

2.  Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, for reasonable financial provision from the estate.

3.   Revocation of a Grant of Probate improperly obtained.

4.   Applications for the rectification of a Will.

5.   Disputes involving beneficiaries and executors.

In addition, our specialist Professional Negligence team works with our Contentious Probate department where there is a concern that a solicitor who has drafted a Will did so negligently or some other breach of duty has occurred leading to beneficiaries of the estate suffering loss. 

We have a number of flexible funding options and are often able to deal with inheritance claims on a No Win, No Fee basis. 

The Courts expect the parties to try to resolve any dispute before proceedings are commenced.  We are therefore firm believers in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), particularly mediation and early neutral evaluation. ADR can be of particular benefit in minimising emotional distress and restoring family relationships.  Early and well managed dispute resolution can allow all those involved to move on with minimal delay and distress.  ADR can also be considerably cheaper than going to court. 

Unfortunately negotiations aren't always successful, so if your claim does proceed to Court we will guide you through the process and ensure you have access to the best barristers and experts available. 

We offer a free case assessment service.  Call our helpline  on Taunton 01823 354545 to speak to one of our team on a private and confidential basis.  If it is a matter we can assist you with, you can meet with us on a face to face basis at our Taunton office which is easily accessible and enjoys plenty of parking. Just email lee.dawkins@sleeblackwell.co.uk