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What is contentious probate

What is contentious probate?


Contentious probate relates to any dispute that arises as a result of how a person’s estate is administered when they pass away.

This might involve contesting a will, but in cases where an individual dies intestate (that is, without a will), a contentious probate challenge can still be lodged.

Who is the executor / administrator?

The executor or the administrator is a person who is responsible for distributing the deceased’s estate in accordance with the terms of the will or the rules of intestacy. They are also the people who apply for probate when this is required.

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What are the reasons you might contest probate

What are the reasons you might contest probate?


In short, there are two fundamental reasons you might lodge a contentious probate claim.

You either believe the deceased’s Will is invalid or is not being adhered to; or you believe ‘reasonable financial provision’ has not been made for you in accordance with The Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975.

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When should you consider contentious probate action?

A diverse array of circumstances may prompt your consideration of contentious probate proceedings. These encompass, but are not limited to, the following scenarios:

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Can a will be overturned after probate is granted?

Yes, it is possible for you to overturn it after the Grant of Probate has been approved.

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How to make a contentious probate claim

How to make a contentious probate claim


Our solicitors at Giles Wilson go through a clear, considered process in handling any contentious probate claim to help ensure you receive the outcome you’re due.

The law and intricacies behind probate make the support of an experienced specialist in this area crucial, so you can navigate all steps with real assurance.

How long do contentious probate disputes last?

There is no easy answer to this question, as the length of contentious probate proceedings depend on numerous factors, including the complexity and size of the deceased’s estate, the number of parties involved and whether the case extends to court.

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The costs of contentious probate proceedings

The cost of contentious probate claims are difficult to estimate accurately, as a number of factors are relevant to include:

  • The time it takes to complete proceedings
  • Whether the case needs to go to court
  • The size of the estate
  • Whom you choose to represent you
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The association of contentious trust and probate specialists

The Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists


The Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) was established in September 1997 as a professional forum for solicitors specialising in contentious probate and trust work.

Our Partner and Head of the Contentious Private Client Department, Philip Giles, has been a member of this association for many years, signalling him as a specialist in this complex area of law.

If you’d like to learn more about the process behind contentious probate claims, please read the ACTAPS guidelines. Or speak to our contentious probate solicitors who can help you understand each stage step by step.

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