After graduating with a First Class Honours degree in Law in 2008, Tiffany Wiggett joined the well-established law firm, Tollers Solicitors, to undertake her training contract. It was here that Tiffany soon identified the area of law that really appealed to her and sparked her enthusiasm, so when she had to make a decision following completion of her training, which legal specialism she wished to qualify into, the choice was easy. Six years later Tiffany is still enjoying her role as a Contentious Probate Solicitor.
Tiffany helps clients, who are typically very worried and stressed, following the death of a loved one which has resulted in a dispute. Typically Tiffany is instructed to contest Will’s that are believed to be invalid, for instance where:
- They have not been correctly executed
- The deceased is believed to have lacked capacity
- The deceased did not know or approve of the contents of the Will
- The deceased was unduly influenced
- Where a fraud has taken place.
In addition Tiffany is regularly instructed to advise upon maintenance claims under the 1975 Act, general estate administration disputes, solicitors professional negligence in respect of Will drafting and the validity of substantial gifts in lifetime.
Tiffany says,“The reason I love my job is because quite often clients are simply wanting ‘peace of mind’, that they have done everything they can, where a dispute arises following the death of a loved one. It is nice when matters can be resolved, especially where there has been a family rift, allowing all sides to put matters to rest and move on with their lives.” She continued“I get real pleasure from helping my clients. I recently prevented one of my clients from being evicted from their home by negotiating a lump sum settlement of their claim under the 1975 Act, which allowed them to clear a back log of mortgage arrears and remain living in their home.’
Tiffany is based at Tollers Corby office, however she travels nationwide to meet clients to discuss their requirements. If the deceased died domiciled within England and Wales and their Will is in question, then clients need specialist advice from a Contentious Probate Solicitor. Tiffany also regularly helps clients who have emigrated abroad, as far as Australia to resolve a dispute concerning the Estate of a family member who lived in England and/or Wales
Tiffany says “My one piece of advice for anyone who is considering contesting a Will is to get good quality legal advice from a specialist solicitor with experience in this field. For example quite often people enter a caveat against a Deceased person’s estate, to prevent a Grant of Probate being issued, without understanding the possible cost implications to them later down the line, if they then choose to enter an Appearance following receipt of a Warning Off Notice.”
With the passion that Tiffany exudes for her role, it’s not surprising that Tiffany receives such fantastic feedback from her clients, some of whom include:
Mr Featherstone a recent client of Tiffany’s who said "I did not know what to do about contesting my late step-father's Will, so I contacted Tollers and Tiffany Wiggett returned my request for advice and my mind was put at rest. She explained in English what to do and did it. I would recommend her highly."
Another client Miss C Lavery said “From my first meeting with your associate, Ms Tiffany Wiggett, I was treated with sensitivity at a difficult time. All questions were answered promptly and full explanations given when needed. I had total confidence in Ms Wiggett and can never thank her enough for everything she did."
Tiffany works alongside Tom Kings who is head of the Dispute Resolution department and has over 10 years’ experience specialising in Will disputes. Together as a team they stand out above other competitors because they are both members of ACTAPS (Association of Contested Trust and Probate Specialists). This is a widely renowned accreditation which evidences that Tollers are specialists within this field, with the necessary qualifications and experience to offer sound advice to clients who face such problems.
If you need advice on contesting a Will please contact Tollers for an initial free telephone discussion by calling 0333 414 9191 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.