Does the executor of a Will have the final say?

Once the basis of your claim has been notified to the executors and beneficiaries, the executors of the Will usually take a neutral position in respect of the claim, which is negotiated and progressed with the beneficiaries of the estate.

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Who pays to contest a Will?

Each party is responsible for their own legal costs.  An agreement may be reached whereby your legal costs are paid by the estate.  If your claim is determined by the court and you succeed, you can ask the court to determine which party should pay your costs.

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How much does it cost to contest a Will?

The overall cost of  dispute will depend on the issues involved, the number of witnesses and documentary evidence involved, whether expert evidence is needed and the point at which a case is concluded.

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What constitutes undue influence in a Will?

Undue influence is where pressure, coercion or undue influence is exerted on the testator (the person making the will) so as to procure a Will in particular terms, that is not the expression or result of their own free will.

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Can an executor change a Will?

A Will is intended as the deceased person’s last expression of their wishes in respect of their estate. Usually a Will should remain as it was when the deceased approved and signed it.  A Will can only be varied with the agreement of all the beneficiaries of the estate (effected by Deed of Variation).

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Is it hard to contest a Will?

The basis on which a Will might be contested will depend on the particular circumstances.  Evidence might be gathered from witnesses, documents and/or experts.  A specialist solicitor will be able to represent you and advise as to how best to proceed. 

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Car parking (Bishop's Stortford)

We have free visitor parking directly outside our office which you are welcome to use for your visit.

Car parking (Cambridge)

We have 4 visitor spaces plus there is a long stay car park immediately adjacent to the office (Castle Hill Car Park).

Car parking (Brentwood)

We have free visitor parking directly outside our office which you are welcome to use for your visit.

Car parking (Chelmsford)

We do not offer on-site parking. However, there is a multi-story car park directly opposite which you can enter via Bellmead (High Chelmer multi-story).

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Tees coronavirus update

We’re open and here to help you. We’re running as normal with our employees all working from home.

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You can call us as normal on 0800 013 1165 or email us:

You can also find contact details for all our advisers here. 

As a flexible and technologically-adept firm, we already had many home-working systems in place. We have now rolled this technology out to all our employees working for clients, so they can continue to work normally - and from home.

If you are a client, please be assured you can get in touch with Tees and we are still working on your case. To replace face-to-face meetings, we have the facilities to do video-conferencing, conference calls or just speak on the phone, as you need.

Due to the circumstances, please call us if you would have wanted a home visit, and we can organise the best and safest way of being in touch.

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