Sadly, when a loved one dies there can be disagreements about the distribution of that person’s estate.
We can help you if you find yourself in this difficult position.
Why are there disputes about inheritance?
How can you help me regain possession of my property?
There can be many reasons why there are disputes about inheritances, also known as contentious probate. They can include:
- Allegations that the executors or people dealing with the estate are not properly administering it. For example, they may not be transferring assets to the right people in a timely way.
- There can be concerns about the validity of the Will, including whether there was undue influence placed on the deceased when they were making the Will or whether they had capacity at the relevant time.
- It may be that either under their Will or (if they did not leave a Will) the laws of Intestacy, the deceased did not make reasonable provision for people who were dependent on them. This may mean that there is a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.
How can we help?
Inheritance disputes can be legally complex. We can advise you on your options, the procedure to follow and your prospects of success.
Inheritance disputes can also be very personal if family members are disagreeing. The involvement of legal professionals can add some emotional distance, which can help everyone.
If you are involved in an inheritance dispute, we recommend you speak to a solicitor as soon as possible. There are strict time limits on making certain claims and it can take time to gather evidence and try and reach a settlement out of court. Any delay may harm your case.