Wills & Estates

Estate Disputes

Estate disputes or contested estates arise for many reasons. A will may not exist, or it cannot be located. It may have been poorly drafted meaning that an intended beneficiary misses out on an inheritance or receives a much-reduced share. In other cases, a person with a valid entitlement may have been excluded from the will, or inadequately provided for.

Our team is skilled in advising on all aspects of estate disputes & will challenges. We act for those who feel they have been unfairly treated in the provisions of the will or left out of the will altogether, as well as executors of a challenged will who need to defend a claim. If you feel you have a claim on a deceased estate, we can assess your claim and provide you with guidance on the best course of action to take. There is a limited time period to do this – 12 months from the date of death, so it is important that you act quickly to obtain advice.

Similarly, if you are the Executor of a Will that is being challenged, we can act on your behalf to help resolve the matter quickly and efficiently. Many areas of potential estate disputes arise where it is argued that the deceased was mentally incapable of making the will, or if the deceased is alleged to have been unduly influenced to make their will in a particular way. Under both of these situations, there may be a basis for a challenge to the will and our experienced team can assist you to assess or challenge the situatuon in these circumstances.

Our services in the area of estate disputes include advising and acting on:

  • Family Provision Act claims
  • Contested estates
  • Intestacy (where there is no will)
  • Testamentary capacity claims
  • Undue influence
  • Executor’s duties and removal of executors

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