Defending a Contested Will Claim
Whether you’re set to inherit from an estate or have been designated as its executor, our services are available to assist you in dealing with contested Will claims and preserving an estate’s value.
If you’re in need of guidance to counter a disputed Will claim, you might be a beneficiary striving to safeguard your rightful entitlement or an executor aiming to uphold the final wishes of a loved one.
Whether you assume the role of beneficiary or executor, the process of defending a claim concerning a Will or safeguarding an estate during such a dispute is not only financially burdensome and time-intensive but can also be emotionally distressing and mentally taxing, particularly during an already trying period.
If you’re anticipating inheriting assets as a beneficiary or looking to shield the testator’s legacy and desires as an executor, our services are at your disposal to aid you in defending against contested Will claims.
The challenges posed by contests to a Will are not only emotionally draining but can also result in delays in distributing inheritances to beneficiaries and, in some cases, lead to diminished entitlements due to legal expenses.
Therefore, whether your need is to repel a challenge from a discontented family member or a friend of the testator, we are equipped to support you in safeguarding what has been allocated to you.
Instances Where Defending a Probate Claim Becomes Necessary
Our adept team of solicitors can provide counsel and assistance in various scenarios, including:
Defending an Inheritance Act Claim
This may arise if an individual excluded from the Will believes they should rightfully have been included.
Contesting Will Validity
This scenario emerges when someone alleges fraud, forgery, coercion or questions the mental competence of the testator in an attempt to dispute the Will’s validity.
Challenging Asset Distribution
Situations where no Will exists and assets are divided can result in challenges to the allocation and the handling of estate property and finances.
Executor Removal Challenge
Individuals might try to remove you as the executor of the Will.
Proprietary Estoppel Claims
Claims arise when an individual claims to have been promised a share of the estate and relied on that promise to their detriment, but the promise was not honoured.
When you find yourself defending a contentious probate claim, reaching out to us offers a valuable resource for guidance and support to secure your position while ensuring a streamlined and harmonious process.
With legal expertise by your side, you can ascertain your rights and learn how to effectively protect the Will, preserving either your inheritance or that of the beneficiaries.
It’s also advisable to familiarise yourself with the grounds for contesting a will, ensuring you’re well-prepared to respond to any challenges that may arise.
If you are seeking help in relation to a Will challenge, an estate claim or a claim under the Inheritance Act, don’t hesitate to consult with our expert, Lewis Hastie.