Contesting a will

If you want to contest a will, it's vital that you seek legal advice as soon as possible. Tees can guide you through the process of making a claim.

As solicitors, we wish everyone would make a will. Unfortunately, even when they do, the will doesn’t always make it clear what the deceased person wanted or intended. People can have widely differing views of what the deceased person meant. Or, you may have concerns over the validity of the will.

In these circumstances, you may wish to contest the will. Our litigation solicitors can guide you through the legal process - and help you secure a favourable outcome.

Reasons for contesting a will

There are various reasons why you might challenge someone’s will. These include:

Mental capacity

You might also want to contest a will if you believe that the person didn’t have the mental capacity to make their will or change it.

Provision for dependants

You can also challenge someone’s will if you think they haven’t made reasonable provision for their dependants - for example, co-habitee, spouse, their minor children or adult children in constrained financial circumstances.

Forgery or improper execution

Finally, you can challenge a will if you think it’s a forgery or if you think it may not have been executed in the actual presence of the witnesses named in the will.

Undue influence

If you believe that the deceased person was coerced by someone else to make their will in a certain way. 

How we can help you

When someone has died, there are lots of things to think about and their will is just one of them. It can come as a bit of a shock when you realise that the deceased person’s will isn’t what you were expecting perhaps due to a previous promise made to you by the deceased. You’ll want to talk to someone who has the knowledge and experience to help you decide what to do for the best. Our inheritance and estate dispute lawyers are experts at dealing with challenges to wills. They also know that this kind of disagreement can divide families and so has to be handled with care and sensitivity.

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You’ll find our solicitors helpful and easy to talk to. We’ll explain what you can do about the disputed will and we’ll give you realistic advice in plain English. We’ve worked with lots of people over the years so we can give you practical advice to help you make up your mind what you want to do.

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We have the legal expertise and practical knowledge to help sort out disagreements over a will. Give us a call for a free and confidential conversation and let’s talk about how we can help.

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