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Wills and Tax Planning

Contested wills and probate

When somebody dies, the people who inherit the deceased person’s assets will normally be those mentioned in their Will (assuming they have made a valid Will) or by a set of provisions called “the Intestacy Rules” (if they die without a valid Will).

When somebody dies, the people who inherit the deceased person’s assets will normally be those mentioned in their Will (assuming they have made a valid Will) or by a set of provisions called “the Intestacy Rules” (if they die without a valid Will).

But unfortunately things are not always so simple. Depending on the circumstances of each individual case, legal arguments can sometimes be raised to challenge the provisions of a Will or the operation of the Intestacy Rules.

Our experts in contentious probate can advise from “both sides of the fence”. They act both for clients who are seeking to contest a Will or intestacy as well as for those who wish to defend the provisions of the deceased’s Will or the Intestacy Rules against challenges from disgruntled relatives, partners or friends. They are however unable to act for both sides in the same case.