Contesting wills

Wills, Trusts and Probate

Advice and representation throughout your claim

Losing a loved one is hard. It can be even harder when dealing with inheritance disputes. If this is the case, Giles Wilson can act on your behalf during will disputes.

It’s often asked on what grounds you can consider contesting a will. Disputing a will can be considered for several reasons, including if it is unsigned, was not witnessed properly or the deceased lacked mental capacity when it was made. We explain in greater detail some of these areas of contention below.

Undue influence

This could occur where a third party has put pressure on the individual who made the will, either through verbal or physical harassment. If the actions caused the person making the will to change their mind about the distribution of the estate, this could put the validity of the will into question.

Lack of capacity

In order for a will to be valid, the maker of the will must be of sound mind and have mental capacity at the time of writing it. If you believe the maker of a will lacked capacity at the time they entered into it, then it could be considered invalid.

Lack of knowledge or approval

The maker of the will must understand the effect of the will in order for it to be valid. If the maker of the will had mental capacity at the time of entering into the will then it is presumed that they had the necessary knowledge. Exceptions to this could arise in a number of situations, one being where the maker of the will is illiterate.

Fraud or dishonesty

If you are able to prove that the will was a forgery and that somebody has intentionally deceived the estate for personal gain, then this will result in the will being invalid.

We understand that suspecting a will to be invalid adds to an already emotional and distressing time. Our Wills and Probate specialists will take the time to understand your grievance, assess whether you have a case and then advise you on the appropriate course of action, keeping you up-to-date at every stage of the process.

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The expertise of our solicitors is regularly recognised by some of the profession’s most distinguished organisations. As well as being a member of a number of Law Society schemes, we have won awards at the Law Society Excellence Awards, the Halsbury Legal Awards and the Modern Law Awards. We have also received recognition in the form of the Lexcel mark of quality, a Legal 500 listing and a place on the shortlist of The Lawyer’s Boutique Firm of the Year.

Awards and Recognitions of Giles Wilson
Awards and Recognitions of Giles Wilson
Awards and Recognitions of Giles Wilson
Awards and Recognitions of Giles Wilson
Awards and Recognitions of Giles Wilson
Awards and Recognitions of Giles Wilson
Awards and Recognitions of Giles Wilson
Awards and Recognitions of Giles Wilson
Awards and Recognitions of Giles Wilson