When someone passes away, there can often be a dispute amongst the family they leave behind. Devonalds can help with all types of contentious probate disputes, from helping an executor in dealing with a claim against the estate to assisting a family member that has been denied their inheritance.
Types of Disputes:
Validity of the Will
If the deceased left a Will, there may be a dispute about whether the Will is legally valid. The validity of a Will can be contested for a variety of reasons. It may be a home-made Will that has not been signed and witnessed correctly, or it may be that the person making the Will did not have mental capacity, or was unduly influenced by another person. Whether you’re an Executor facing a claim regarding the validity of the Will, or a family member contesting the validity of the Will, our probate solicitors can assist you.
Denial of Inheritance
It is important for the executors to follow the terms of the Will if one was left. If no Will was left, it is important for the administrators to follow the intestacy rules. If you’re a beneficiary and believe you have been denied an inheritance under a Will or through the intestacy rules, Devonalds can help make enquiries and get you the inheritance you deserve. If you are an executor or administrator and someone contests their inheritance, Devonalds can take the stress away and deal with the claim for you.
Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975
If a family member or someone who was dependant on the deceased has not been provided for by their Will or the intestacy rules they can potentially claim against the estate under the Inheritance Tax Act. If you have been unfairly excluded from a Will then we can offer you expert advice and help you get the inheritance you deserve. If you are an executor or an administrator then our probate lawyers can offer you the advice and assistance you need to fairly handle any claim against the estate.
Whatever the situation, with over 30 years of experience Devonalds can provide the expert advice and professional service required. Contact your local Devonalds office and speak to one of expert South Wales probate lawyers today.