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Contentious Trust and Probate

Our specialist contentious probate team advises on disputes involving wills, trusts and estates. We act for individuals, beneficiaries, executors, trustees and charities in resolving such disputes or either defending or bringing an action. If you are facing a trust or will dispute, you should seek specialist advice at the outset to ensure that you do not lose the ability to challenge the will, trust or estate. Time limits are in force and you could be time barred if you do not act quickly.

Legal 500 commentary

The Legal 500, 2019 recognises Druces’ contentious trust and probate practice, commenting. “Druces LLP  is ‘firm with a growing presence in this area’. Helen Freely  is ‘very good tactically’ and Matthew Duncan joined the team as a consultant from Kingsley Napley LLP.”

Recent work

  • Beneficiaries in a multi-trust case involving executors’ conflict of interest – We acted for the children of a deceased high net worth individual in connection with various disagreements over the administration of their father’s affairs.
  • Discovery of a new will, post distribution – By an earlier will, our clients were left the bulk of their Aunt’s estate. A year later, a further will was discovered, leaving the residue of the estate to charity. We advised on the options open to our clients as a result.
  • One beneficiary in dispute with fellow beneficiary – We acted for a child of the deceased in her capacity as beneficiary along with her brother. There is conflict between the two siblings and as such as an independent administrator was appointed pursuant to a Court Order. We are in the process of applying to remove the independent administrator on the basis that very little progress has been made in respect of the estate administration.

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