If you have concerns about the validity or terms of a Will, we can help with contesting wills to ensure you receive your full legal entitlement.
There are many different reasons for contesting a Will, such as:
If there is a Will, then the first steps may be to make what is known as a Larke v Nugus request to the solicitors who drafted the Will. These are standard questions which can be asked about the circumstances surrounding when the deceased gave instructions for the Will to be drafted and then the execution of the Will itself.
If you have concerns and do not want probate to be granted on what could be an invalid Will, then you could enter a ‘caveat’ which prevents someone taking out a grant of probate, but there are legal consequences so before you do so it is advisable to seek expert legal advice.
A Will is normally only valid if it is:
There must have been ‘coercion’ rather than just ‘persuasion’ to successfully challenge a Will on the grounds of undue influence. The form of the undue influence can take many forms: an instant act of pressure, intimidation, domination, control, or emotional pressure.
There is a 5 part evidential test:
Simply put, the undue influence must be the only reasonable explanation rather than one of the possible explanations.
One of the grounds in which a Will can be challenged is lack of capacity.
The test for capacity is a 4 limb test:
A judge will consider a number of factors including medical evidence and the evidence of the solicitor who drafted any Will
The forgery of a Will may include its creation and/or the imitation of a person’s signature with intent to deceive. The forgery will often give rise to a claim of fraud and have criminal implications too.
Usually you will need a hand writing expert to verify the signature of the deceased on any Will.
Given the seriousness of the allegations, this is usually quite a difficult ground to prove and should not be done unless you have supporting evidence.
Our team has a collective 40 years of litigation experience and are highly experienced in dealing with Wills disputes.
We are accredited by the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists. We have specialist experience getting results for our clients.
As a firm we have specialists dealing with all areas and our teams work very closely together covering all the bases in order to mitigate loss and avoid litigation altogether. We pride ourselves on offering a one stop shop for our clients and serving all their legal needs in one place.
Whatever your needs, our team of highly experienced Wills & Probate lawyers can provide you with the help and advice you need. Contact one of our experienced team, either by telephone or email.
We will arrange a time to meet to discuss your needs and particular situation in greater detail.
We’ll ensure that the solicitor you deal with is the right match for your specific situation, helping you find the best possible resolution during a stressful and often sensitive time.
Fill out this form and one of the team will get back to you:
Our offices are open from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 6 pm.
|Phone:||0808 231 6369|
|Fax:||020 7388 2106|
|Address:||Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors 180 North Gower Street London NW1 2NB|