Issues around the distribution of an estate can strike at the heart of a family. There is often more than inheritance at stake, and this can make disputes more complex and more challenging than they might otherwise be.
Disputed Estates Solicitors
Our disputed estates solicitors advise on a wide range of situations involving disputes over the estate of someone who has passed away. This includes issues such as where a Will might have been improperly prepared and ought to be contested, where family members believe they have not been adequately provided for by the Will or in situations where there is no Will at all.
We also advise beneficiaries who want to challenge the way in which estate administration is being carried out – perhaps it’s not progressing quickly enough, or the administrator is being obstructive. Similarly, we advise administrators on what to do if a beneficiary is holding things up by not providing all of the estate information they should be.
There is always more than one way of approaching a dispute and of resolving it. We’ll work with you towards resolving your dispute as quickly and amicably as possible, helping you to find a solution while minimising any negative fallout for you and your loved ones.
Speak to one of our disputed estates solicitors in Bristol or Winterbourne today by calling 0117 909 4000 or use the links at the bottom of the page to make an enquiry or request a call back.
Our estate dispute resolution services
Our disputed estates lawyers work with clients throughout the South West and across the wider UK to resolve all sorts of conflicts over Wills, estates and inheritance.
There are various disputes that can arise over a Will, from concerns that it may have been written or signed by someone without their full knowledge and understanding of what it contained, to questions over whether the Will being used is the most up-to-date version or any other concerns over a Will’s validity.
Our Will disputes solicitors can help to unpick these difficult issues, working to find a positive solution that respects the intentions of the deceased while ensuring their loved ones’ interests are protected.
If you believe a Will does not make sufficient provision for you as dependant of the deceased, you may be able to challenge the Will depending on the circumstances. These challenges are usually complex with uncertain outcomes, so it is essential to have the right legal advice from the outset.
Our inheritance disputes solutions can provide an honest assessment of whether your claim has a reasonable chance of success and support you in the pursuit of that claim. Whether through negotiation or alternative dispute resolution with the other beneficiaries or via court action where required, we will help you achieve a fair result wherever possible.
If someone dies without leaving a Will, they are referred to as dying ‘intestate’ and there are standard rules of intestacy set out by the government that will usually determine who inherits the estate of the deceased. In most cases, this means the estate will pass to the deceased’s spouse, civil partner, children or other close relatives, depending on the circumstances.
While the rules around intestacy mean there is often little room for dispute, questions can arise, for example where a party believes there is a valid Will that is not being considered, there is disagreement over the value of the estate or a dependant of the deceased would be at risk of financial hardship if they did not receive a suitable inheritance.
Our intestacy disputes solicitors can advise you on all of these issues and help to ensure your inheritance rights are respected.
Estate administration disputes
Common disputes over probate and estate administration include where there are concerns that the process isn’t moving fast enough or that the executor or administrator is refusing to share vital information, such as over the value of the estate.
If there is a dispute over the way the deceased’s estate is being administered, we can advise you of your options and represent you during negotiations or court action if required.
Why choose Henriques Griffiths’ disputed estates solicitors?
Since 1973, Henriques Griffiths has been helping people throughout the South West and across England and Wales to find solutions to all types of estate disputes. In that time, we have handled all of the common issues that can occur in such conflicts, giving us the expertise you need to find the best way forward.
With our strong skills in negotiation and alternative dispute resolution, we are usually able to resolve such matters without the need for court action, helping to keep things amicable wherever possible. This is particularly beneficial in estate disputes as any unnecessary conflict or escalation can quickly result in long-lasting damage to important family relationships.
We are Lexcel accredited by the Law Society for our strong practice management and client care and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) so you can have confidence that we meet the highest legal and professional standards at all times.
Get in touch with our estate disputes resolution lawyers now
For help resolving a dispute over an estate, please call us on 0117 909 4000 or use the links below to make an enquiry or request a call back.