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Contesting A Will

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Why should you get in touch today!

  1. Direct access to an experienced solicitor
  2. Recognised specialists in this niche legal area
  3. Quality legal advice in plain English
  4. Consideration given to "no win no fee"
  5. 98% of our clients were satisfied with our service in 2016

98% of our clients were satisfied with our service in 2016

98% of our clients were satisfied with our service in 2016

Tom Kings - Specialist Lawyer in contesting a Will

contesting a will tom kingsTom Kings is a Partner at Tollers. Tom qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has considerable experience in all types of business and private litigation, acting for a number of substantial commercial clients and private clients alike.

Tom is a former member of the Northamptonshire Law Society Council and Chair of the Contentious Sub-Committee. For the past 10 years he has specialised in Trust and Probate claims, having completed the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists course (ACTAPS).

Testimonials

“I can only say a huge thank you to Tom Kings for his professionalism resulting in an excellent outcome without having to face a court case. He showed sensitivity and understanding at a very difficult and emotional time. I would happily recommend the services of Tollers Solicitors and in particular Tom Kings.”

R Young

"Tom was very friendly and helpful in my case. Tom would take the time to explain in great details the options available. As a professional, I felt Tom’s warmth helped me to come to terms with a difficult ending in the case".

T Flux

What Our Clients Think About Us

Very Professional

"From the offset of our claim, we found Tollers Solicitors, very professional, efficient & helpful. At all stages of our claim we were always kept informed of the progress"

Mr Saunders

Very Kind

"The young lady I spoke to on the phone regarding my Inheritance Act enquiry was very kind and understanding. She made me feel at ease and was very helpful"

Mrs. Jones, North Wales

Very Helpful

"The service and advice I received from your company was second to none. It was clear and supportive, and very helpful. If it had not been for your timely advice, I would not have known how to proceed with my inheritance dispute"

Susan B of Wakefield

I Recommend Them Highly

"I found the advice I was given was very helpful and precise. The solicitor I spoke to was very friendly and I felt comfortable while listening to the advice I was given. I recommend them highly"

S. Hopkins

My Mind Was Put at Rest

"I did not know what to do about contesting my late step-father's Will, so I contacted Tollers and you returned my request for advice and my mind was put at rest. The lady explained in English what to do and did it. I would recommend her highly"

Mr. Featherstone

Professional Advice

"Straight forward, prompt, professional advice given with no up-front costs. Would have no hesitation in recommending your services"

Mr Baldwin

Professional Manner

"I received very sound advice as to the likely outcome of the case. I was kept informed on progress in a professional manner and impressed with the quality of letters to the other side"

Mr R Green

Our Accreditations

Tollers & ACTAPS

The Association of Contentious Trust & Probate Specialists was first created back in 1997, for legal professionals specialising in disputes that arise after someone has passed away.

Contesting a Will

Our team are recognised as specialists in the niche legal area of contesting a Will.

The head of the department, Tom Kings, has spent the last ten years specialising in Will disputes (contesting a Will) and Inheritance Act claims.

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.

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.

If there is reason to believe that the contents of a loved ones Will is not valid, for any of the following reasons, then there may be a case to contest the Will:

  • The Will was not correctly executed
  • The deceased lacked testamentary capacity
  • The deceased lacked knowledge and approval
  • The deceased was unduly influenced
  • Fraud has taken place.

There are however 3 things you need to know before considering contesting a Will:

1. How long does someone have to contest a Will?

Where the Deceased left a Will, you have 12 years from date of death to bring a claim against the Estate. Where the Deceased died intestate (without having made a Will), you have 12 years from the date Letters of Administration are granted, to bring a claim against the Estate.

Completely separate to such claims, are Inheritance Act claims for maintenance from a Deceased’s Estate under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975. In such cases, you only have 6 months from the date the Grant of Probate/Letters of Administration are issued, to bring such a claim. Otherwise you will require the permission of the Court.

2. Can I get legal aid to contest a Will?

Legal Aid is no longer available in contentious probate matters. Tollers always advise clients as an alternative method of funding, to check to see whether they have any existing Legal Expenses Insurance on any home buildings/contents insurance, to see whether they might be covered to pursue such claims. Check your terms and conditions policy booklet and if in doubt, contact your insurer directly.

Tollers do 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.

3. Who can contest a Will?

In order to have legal standing to bring such a claim, you must be a beneficiary (of more than that which you currently receive) under the Deceased’s directly previous Will. If the Deceased did not have a previous Will, then you must be a spouse or blood relative to inherit under the intestacy rules, for which there is a specific order of hierarchy to entitlement.

The Tollers legal 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. We have offices across the Midlands in Northampton, Milton Keynes, Kettering, Corby, Stevenage, Kempston, Uppingham and Oakham. Please contact us for completely free initial advice on 0800 107 3643 or fill in a contact form below.

We're On Your Side

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 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!

Contact us today to arrange a Free No Obligation Consultation, call us on 0800 107 3643 or complete the form at the top of this page and let us know the best time to give you a call back.

Testimonial

"Our Solicitor from Tollers did a great job in firstly being successful in our case. The service provided was great and we were kept updated at each stage of our claim. Overall we were very satisfied with the service we received".

Sarah Toney

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