Contested Probate

CONTENTIOUS PROBATE

Are you looking for a genuine No Win, No Fee Solicitor for your Inheritance Dispute Claim?

We are here to help.

Losing a loved one is generally one of the hardest things any of us will experience in our lifetimes.  Either finding yourself in a position of having to contest a will or becoming embroiled in a family dispute about the terms of the will, can be an extremely difficult thing to deal with at such an emotive time.  We can take the pressure off and assist you in a wide range of Probate disputes.

How we can help you:

  • If you want to contest a will or defend a will being contested

  • If you feel you have been left insufficient in a will or if you want to defend such a challenge

  • If you want to challenge the validity of a will or defend such a challenge

  • If a will was changed to exclude you or reduce your entitlement of your want to defend such a challenge

  • If you were promised something or a property and then this was not included in the will

  • Where there is a dispute about a trust

 

We can assist with all of the above and will usually act on a no win no fee basis and can explore achieving your objectives without the need for a Court hearing.

At McKeag & Co Solicitors our experienced team of Lawyers are regularly involved in both bringing and defending claims against a Deceased’s Person's Estate. Our specialist Solicitors will ensure that you receive clear and honest advice throughout your case.  Contact Sarah Kerr, Head of the Contentious Probate department on 0191 213 1010.

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Here at McKeag and Co. LLP we have a dedicated team to help people who have been treated unfairly during the Probate process, ensure they receive the rightful inheritance following the death of a relative.

How we can help?

  • Contesting a will whether you are the person contesting the will or defending the challenge.

  • Inheritance Disputes and claims for reasonable financial provision under the Inheritance Act – where you have been left nothing under a will or have been left something, but this is considered to be too little. We can also assist in defending these claims as well.

  • Challenging or defending the validity of a will due to lack of capacity, undue influence/duress or lack of knowledge.

  • Mutual will claims – where someone has made a will and then changes it and you lose out because of this and it is said they cannot make this change. We can assist in bringing the claim or defending such a claim.

  • Proprietary Estoppel and Constructive Trust claims – where it is said that someone has promised you something and holds property for your benefit or where you are defending such a claim.

  • Trust Disputes – where there is a trust and there is a dispute about its terms or how it is being administered.

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution/Negotiation – you do not always have to go to Court we can use other less expensive and less confrontational means to resolve any dispute.

  • We offer No win no fee type funding agreements in most cases – pay nothing if you lose.

For more details on the process of Contesting a Will or defending such a claim, please contact McKeag & Co Solicitors and one of our specialist team members can help you.

 
 

What are my funding options?

In almost all circumstances we are able to fund your case under a no win, no fee agreement. These are also known as Damages Based Funding Agreements.

Under the agreement you will not have to pay our costs if you are unsuccessful with your case. If you are successful you will pay us a success fee out of your award. We are able to agree to cap this at an agreed percentage of your award.

What are the time limits for making a claim?

The ‘limitation date’ - deadline for bringing the claim, varies depending on the type of claim you are making.  In certain cases, for example if you are making a claim pursuant to the Inheritance for Family and Dependents) Act 1975, there are strict time limits (for bringing a claim) which can be as early as within six months of the Grant of Probate although if this deadline is missed you can seek the permission of the Court in certain circumstances to bring the claim out of time but must act promptly in doing so.. If you consider that you may be eligible to make any sort of claim we would advise you to seek legal advice as soon as possible.  The sooner you contact us the better for your claim.

 
 
 

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