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  • "Chris (Holten) was more than helpful and understanding in what became a difficult matter for me. He exercised a great deal of patience, explained things clearly ... I would certainly recommend him and Slee Blackwell and would return to him in future. his knowledge and expertise was greatly valued and appreciated."

    C. Fowler, Devon
  • "I would highlight the complete professionalism throughout my case. A friendly informative 1 to 1 basis, not always telling you what you want to hear BUT advising you what you MIGHT be in for. I will have NO hesitation in recommending Slee Blackwell and in particular, Lee Dawkins. I am a 100% happy client."

    (Professional Negligence case)

    R Piper, Spain.
  • "I was satisfied with all aspects of the service  that I received. Thank you."

    (Professional Negligence case)

    K. Bowlzer, Derby.
  • "Very helpful, very friendly. Thank you for everything you have done."

    (Professional Negligence case)

    V. Hibbert, Derbyshire.
  • "I am very grateful to James McNally and his secretary. They were just 'brill'. They handled my case with the utmost care."

    (Personal injury claim)

    P McGregor, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
  • "James McNally helped me to receive the maximum compensation for my injury."

    (Personal injury claim)

    T. O'Brien, Brighton, Sussex.
  • "Throughout the process Chris (Holten) kept us informed with professionalism and sensitivity. His kindness was greatly appreciated."

    S. Edwards, Calstock, Cornwall.
  • "Naomi (Ireson) provided an excellent service from start to finish. Her communication skills are excellent which helped to contain our anxiety during the stressful periods of the case. We always felt she was on our side and I would highly recommend her to anyone needing a similar service."

    J Preston, Clitheroe, Lancashire.
  • "Thank you again … In fact I can’t say it enough. Neither can my mum. She sends a huge thank you too. the relief is incredible, my life has changed beyond belief and I couldn’t have done it without you."

    E.W. Taunton, Somerset.
  • "I would like to say from the moment Chris (Holten) took my case on he immediately made me feel more at ease. Chris was always confident and polite and would always explain everything to me in terms that I could understand. I thank him very much for making me feel I was his only case the whole way through. Nothing was too much trouble. Chris is an absolute credit to your firm and I would have no qualms in recommending him to others should they require his expert advice."

    A Staff, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

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

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