Michelle Hayter is a partner and head of Frettens' specialist dispute resolution team . A specialist in dealing with contentious wills and probate , she is recommended in the Legal 500 , an independent guide to the legal sector, for her work...
Dealing with the death of a relative is very difficult and emotional. It can become even more difficult when their will (or lack thereof) comes to light. You may feel that your relative’s will does not provide for you, or does not reflect what you believed were their intentions.
You may suspect that they were not of sound mind, or were being influenced when they made their will. There are also occasions where people have not made a valid will at all – in these situations, it is common for someone unexpected, such as an estranged spouse, to end up inheriting.
These situations often lead to disputes which can be very complicated and distressing for those involved. It’s not uncommon for such issues to seriously damage close family relationships, so getting the right support during this challenging time is essential.
We are one of a small number of firms in the area with specialist solicitors who are experienced in handling the complexities of will disputes. Our will dispute solicitors can help you bring or defend a claim over a will or an inheritance. Our expertise includes:
- Challenging the validity of a will, for example, because:
- The will was not executed properly
- The testator (the person who made the will) did not understand what making a will means or its effect
- The testator did not know what was being included in the will
- The testator was influenced or coerced into making the will
- The will was created through fraud or forgery
- Inheritance Act Claims, for example, if you have:
- Been left out of the will altogether
- Not been left as much as you need under a will
- Lost out because someone died intestate (without making a will)
- Lodging caveats to prevent a grant of probate being issued while you investigate the validity of a will
- Dealing with challenges to caveats – warnings and appearances
We are happy to offer a free initial meeting for all new clients to discuss your situation and the options available to you.
Read our blog on how to contest a will.
Get in touch with for expert disputed wills advice in Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Ringwood and the New Forest
All new clients can have a free initial meeting with one of our bright experts. These can take place over a coffee at one of our offices, by phone or video conference. Call us on 01202 499 255 or fill in the get in touch form on this page to arrange yours.