Challenging a will
We can advise you about contesting a will (also referred to as challenging a will or disputing a will) after someone has passed away.
You may be concerned that the deceased did not have the necessary mental capacity (known as testamentary capacity) to make a will, did not know or approve the contents of the will, consider that the will is a fraud or forgery, or that the deceased was placed under undue influence to make the will.
You may wish to enter a caveat at the probate registry to prevent a grant of probate from being obtained, though should seek legal advice from a specialist solicitor on the implications of this
We can also assist you in defending a will challenge if you are a beneficiary or executor of a disputed will. Again, it is important to seek specialist advice from a solicitor experienced in dealing with such claims.
If you have not been provided for sufficiently when someone has died, whether they had a will or not, you may be eligible to make an Inheritance Act claim.
Our specialist has considerable experience in representing parties in will dispute cases. We understand that entering into a dispute following the loss of a loved one can be difficult and are sensitive to the issues that can arise during the course of such a claim.
Whoever we represent we will work hard to achieve a settlement out of court wherever possible and we regularly represent clients at mediation. However, if court proceedings are required and in your best interests we will pursue matters to a contested hearing.