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Contentious Trust and Probate

Our specialist contentious probate team advises on disputes involving wills, trusts and estates and, during 2020, we have advised on the particular challenges caused by the pandemic.

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…from Kingsley Napley LLP.”

Recent work

  • We have acted for the spouse in a case where her husband had died leaving the bulk of his estate to his mistress he had been involved with for 20 years without her knowledge. It emerged that the Deceased had left a sizeable amount of his estate to his mistress and we made a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 on the basis that our client had not been left reasonable financial provision under the Will.
  • We regularly act as independent administrators of estates where there is a dispute between members of a family of a deceased person.
  • We act for an executor who is in dispute with his co-executor, who is stalling the administration of their mother’s estate for unreasonable reasons. We are making an application to appoint an Independent Administrator of the estate to move matters forward.
  • We are actively advising clients who had lost members of their family during the COVID-19 pandemic and issues that have arisen over the validity and execution of wills.

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