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Contentious Probate Spike

Updated: Jun 28

Contentious Probate Spike

With the ever increasing uncertainty surrounding Coronavirus within the UK and the long standing implications of lockdown, solicitors across the county have seen a spike in Contentious Probate, whilst the government considers how to best to facilitate will drafting during the pandemic – the Wills Act 1837 requires wills to be signed in the presence of two or more witnesses. In guidance published in April, the Law Society of England and Wales said wills must not be witnessed via video link, as physical presence is required by the act.

However, there has been a large amount of speculation that solicitors are drawing up wills and having them witnessed via webcam during lockdown.

As we await the Government’s decision, ensure that your best interests are looked after during the pandemic, get in touch with our team of expert wills and probate solicitor.

What is Contentious Probate?

Contentious probate is the disagreement after someone has passed away about the distribution of their estate. The administration of an estate can be a very complicated and lengthy process and disputes can often arise. Disputes can arise for a number of different reasons, most commonly due to:

· Disputes regarding value of assets

· Executor Disputes

· Disputes regarding the beneficiaries of a Will

· Disputes regarding Trusts

· The interpretation of a Will

Whether you are an executor or beneficiary, Rose & Rose Solicitors can help.

Probate Dispute Resolution

If you have any concerns regarding the circumstances in which a will was made, an estate is being administered or if you feel that you have not been properly provided for in a Will, our expert contentious probate lawyers have significant experience in dealing with a wide range of contentious probate matters and will guide you through the probate dispute process.

Wills and Estate Management Solicitors

At Rose & Rose, we provide guidance and services on all areas of Wills and Estate management, and if need be can prepare a Will and Lasting Power of Attorney without meeting face to face.

We can help with the below services:

· Through the process of estate administration and probate

· Make your Will

· Advise on Inheritance Tax planning

· Lasting Powers of Attorney and General Powers of Attorney

· Trusts both for Inheritance Tax planning and estate planning

Our team is experienced and provides clear and practical advice in a cost effective way. We are members of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners. These can be complex areas and may require expert advice. If you would like to speak to us regarding Contentious Probate. Please contact us on 0208 974 7490 or info@roselegal.co.uk to discuss the advice you need and we will provide you with further and specific advice tailored to your circumstances.

Please note that this article is meant as general guidance and not intended as legal or professional advice. Updates to the law may have changed since this article was published