Contested Probate Solicitor

Steven Mather is a specialist contested probate and will disputes solicitor in Leicester. I can help with some of the following matters:

  • Contesting a Will
  • Challenging a Will
  • Contesting probate
  • Capacity issues
  • Inheritance Act claims
  • Obtaining a caveat
  • Warning a caveat
  • Will Disputes

Contested Probate Solicitors Leicester

I am a specialist inheritance disputes solicitor who has dealt with hundreds of contested probate / will dispute type claims. Every time I strive to provide:

  • Plain English Advice
  • Time – to understand your situation and all that you’re faced with
  • Results – we often get more money for clients or a better deal
  • Value – typically fixed fees or conditional fee agreements
  • Convenience – meetings by phone, video call or in person at a time to suit you.

Urgent Contested Probate Advice

Do you have an urgent contentious probate matter?

Call me now for an appointment. I can usually see you within 24 hours.

What is Contentious Probate?

Contentious Probate refers to any dispute following someone’s death. Losing a loved one is obviously very difficult at the best of times, but when the estate is disputed for some reason, things can be emotionally charged and tough to deal with objectively.

I take a compassionate approach, while being robust in bringing or defending all types of contested/contentious probate claims or will disputes.

What kind of contentious probate disputes can we help with?

There are a wide range of disputes which can arise on someone’s death such as:

  • the interpretation of a Will
  • challenging the validity of a Will
  • challenging the distribution of a Will
  • dealing with an executor who is mismanaging an estate
  • claiming inheritance as a dependent

There are often strict time limits for bringing a claim relating to a Will, Probate or Inheritance so please get in touch and I can help.

What are the grounds for challenging a Will?

  • Lack of Capacity – did the Will maker have mental capacity at the time of signing the Will?
  • Undue Influence – was someone in a position of influence (eg a carer) who pushed the Will maker into writing the Will?
  • Fraud and Forged Wills
  • Wills not properly drafted or executed
  • Fraudulent Calumny – poisoning the mind of the Will writer
  • Being left out of a Will – Inheritance Act claims

How much will a Contentious Probate Dispute Cost?

I often act on contentious probate disputes on Conditional Fee Agreements (CFA) – often called “no win no fee” agreements or with the benefit of Legal Expenses Insurance. I can defer legal fees until there is a success – either a settlement or a win at Court. And you don’t pay if you don’t get a result.

In order to assess your case for a CFA, we charge an initial fixed fee assessment.

I also work on a private paying basis. Fees can vary wildly for Contentious Probate matters, depending on how complex and how far they go to Trial. You could spend anything from £350 plus VAT for initial advice only, to perhaps £20-50,000 plus VAT if a matter went to Trial.

What if there is no Will?

I can also advise if there is no Will and you want to challenge how the estate is divided up. Where there is no Will, the distribution will usually follow what are called the rules of Intestacy. I can help explain this.

Recent examples of Contentious Probate cases

I’ve acted on a considerable number of contested probate/will disputes over the last 10 years, and some recent examples include:

  • acting for a carer and beneficiary of a will contested by a stepson
  • acting in a multi-million pound estate of a deceased musician
  • acting for a step-daughter in a claim for inheritance against Dad’s estate
  • applying to court to remove executors for misconduct
  • a claim against an estate for sums owed to a party
  • making a deceased person bankrupt
  • lodging caveats and warning caveats
  • Larke v Nugus letters to solicitors/will writers

Next Steps

If you’re unsure on the question of fees, or on any aspect of contested/contentious probate claims, speak to me a contested probate solicitor Steven Mather.

Just fill in the form on the side of this page, or give us a call to discuss further.

Instruct Me Now

To instruct a contested probate specialist, contact me now.

Steven Mather

Contentious Probate Solicitor

Call 0116 3667 900 or email steven@stevenmather.co.uk