Before you start Contesting a Will, it is a good idea to first understand what this entails...

The death of a family member can be stressful enough, but if you are in the difficult position where you feel you need to contest a Will, it can seem extremely daunting to face this complex and sensitive issue by yourself.

Contesting A Will

Before you start Contesting a Will, it is a good idea to first understand what this entails, what it means for you and how a contentious probate lawyer at Tollers can help you through what can be a difficult process.

The death of a family member can be stressful enough, but if you are in the difficult position where you feel you need to contest a Will, it can seem extremely daunting to face this complex and sensitive issue by yourself. However, you do not have to confront this alone. At Tollers, we have many years of experience and are experts in dealing with this niche area of law.

In England and Wales, Testators are meant to have complete testamentary freedom to leave their property, money and assets to whoever they choose, provided the Will is a valid one. Contesting a Will occurs where a person seeks to bring a formal challenge against the validity of a Will, relying upon one, or a number of specific grounds. Commonly, Will challenges are brought on the grounds that the testator did not possess the required testamentary capacity to make a Will, or the Will was not correctly executed. You can find out more about How to contest a Will here.

Funding for Contesting a Will

Tollers offer a range of funding options for contesting a Will. Consideration can be given to funding by way of a ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement, with each matter to be decided on a case by case basis dependent upon the merits of the claim. More information on funding for contesting a Will can be found here.

ACTAPS Approved Member

The head of Tollers Contest A Will Team is Tom Kings. Tom qualified as a solicitor in the mid-1980s; he is a former member of the Northamptonshire Law Society Council and former Chair of the Contentious subcommittee. For the last 15 years he has specialised in Trust and Probate claims having completed the ACTAPS course. He has worked on a wide variety of disputed Estate and Inheritance Act claims and has presented numerous seminars on the subject of challenging or contesting a Will.

The team are members of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) meaning they are officially recognised as specialists in this niche area of law, a rarity in the region.

Recognised Specialists – Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS)

The idea of The Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists is to promote the enhancement of the specific skills specialisation and expertise in this area, by the provision of education and training and, where possible, to enable representations to be made to the appropriate governmental and judicial bodies in relation to contentious trust and probate issues.

Talk To Tollers

We have will contest law solicitors in Kempston, Stevenage, Corby, Milton Keynes, Oakham and Northampton, and are leaders in experience and knowledge. With Tollers, you can be assured of expert advice with every step while contesting a Will. Our knowledge and experience we have gathered as Contentious Probate Solicitors gives us an edge in the field of law. We have offices across the midlands in Northampton, Milton Keynes, Kettering, Corby, Stevenage, Kempston, Oakham and Uppingham.

We will help you through what is a legally complex area. We act regularly for Executors, Trustees, Beneficiaries and other disappointed family members in a variety of contested Will cases. Talk to Tollers today!

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Our Contesting A Will Experts

Annabel Harding
Trainee Solicitor
Annabel graduated from the University of Sheffield in June 2019 with a LLB Law with Honours degree and joined Tollers in November 2019. She is the first trainee solicitor at Tollers to undertake the Graduate Solicitor Apprenticeship Programme, and alongside her training with the Firm, Annabel is also studying towards the Solicitors Qualifying Exams.
Kerry Green
Kerry joined Tollers in April 2023 as a Paralegal working in the Corby Contentious Trust and Probate Department.
Tiffany Benson
Tiffany is a Partner and Head of Contentious Trusts and Probate at the Firm...
Annabel Harding
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