Disputed Wills and Estates Solicitors, Malton
Disputes regarding Wills and Estates are sensitive, but our expert team are on hand to offer support. We specialise in disputed Wills and Estates and can help. Whether you are an executor of a Will and are responsible for managing a person's estate after they have passed away, or an administrator of an estate where there was no Will, Pearsons & Ward Solicitors can assist you throughout.
Similarly, if you have been left assets or money in someone else’s Will (a beneficiary) or someone who expected to receive part of an estate but did not, our expert team can also offer you help and support.
The law on contentious probate is there to provide for those who would reasonably expect to receive an inheritance due to their relationship with the deceased or where there is a “reasonable financial provision” that should be made. You may be able to make a claim against an estate if you believe that you should be entitled to an inheritance. If your claim is successful, the court may re-distribute the assets within an estate so that you can financially benefit.
Who can make a claim?
Certain individuals can make a claim against an estate under the Inheritance Act, including the following:
- A spouse or civil partner
- A former spouse or civil partner (provided they have not re-married)
- Cohabitees of the deceased
- Children of the deceased (biological, adopted, and others who were treated as children such as step-children)
- Anyone that the deceased cared for, maintained or had responsibility for when they died
If you believe that you have a claim, please contact us for further advice.
When else can you contest a Will?
You may be able to contest a Will in other instances, such as when you do not think that a Will is valid.