How to Contest a Will
If your intention is to challenge a Will, it is advisable to formally lodge a ‘caveat’ with the Probate Registry. This action grants you a six month period to assess whether there exist valid grounds for contesting the Will, and this duration is extendable if necessary.
Our Disputes Team comprises adept litigators who possess extensive experience in effectively negotiating claims against Wills on behalf of our clients across England.
Whilst some Will disputes can be complex and a few do end up in litigation, the majority of Will disputes are successfully resolved through settlement. This is often achieved via mediation, obviating the need for a court appearance.
Mediation, a voluntary negotiation process, empowers both parties to independently arrive at a settlement without resorting to judicial involvement. Mediation can also aid in mitigating strain on familial relationships, which might have been strained during the dispute.
However, should mediation not yield an agreement, we have considerable expertise in litigating cases in court, ensuring your claim’s optimal chances of success.
If you suspect that a Will was improperly executed or if you believe you were inadequately provided for, don’t hesitate to consult with our expert, Lewis Hastie.