A dispute over a will or an inheritance can occur all too easily if someone didn’t make their will properly, didn’t update it as the years went by or simply forgot to make proper financial provision for someone who was dependent upon them.
At Wadsworths, we can advise you whether you are the Executor responsible for dealing with the estate where there is a dispute or whether you believe that you should have received something from the estate but have been left empty handed. We can advise you whether a will is valid or should be challenged or whether you should bring a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.
IMPORTANT- Please remember that you only have six months from the date of the issuing of the Grant of Probate to bring your claim.
Making or Defending a Claim in the County Court
At Wadsworths we recognise that whether you are a business or an individual, going to court to either bring or defend a claim is an extremely expensive, stressful and worrying experience for our clients. What may have started out as a perfectly friendly or amicable agreement with a customer, client, friend or even a member of the family can end up in a costly and expensive confrontation. Where necessary and appropriate, we will take a firm approach but drawing upon our considerable experience in such matters means that we will try and seek a cost-effective way resolution first before resorting to litigation. That is why we will always explore where appropriate alternative dispute resolution such as negotiation, early neutral evaluation or mediation as a way of sorting matters out quickly and economically in a way best favourable to you.
In most types of cases there are pre-action protocols to be followed before proceedings are issued.
Whether you are bringing or at the receiving end of a claim then we will always give you an honest and candid assessment of your chances of success and your prospects of successfully recovering any damages and costs and take you through the process and explain the likely costs involved.
We have considerable experience of a wide variety of legal issues including:
- Debt collection
- Consumer problems
- Landlord and Tenant issues
- Disputes between neighbours
- Disputes between business partners or shareholders
- Professional negligence claims
- Breach of contract claims
- Property and land disputes
If you would like to arrange an appointment to discuss your requirements, please don’t hesitate to contact us.