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After someone has died, there might be concerns about whether their will is in fact valid and truly represents their wishes. Such concerns can arise in a number of ways and may result in will disputes.
If a court finds that a will is invalid, the deceased's estate will be administered in accordance with their previous will, or if there are no previous wills, in accordance with the intestacy rules. A successful claim challenging a will can therefore have significant consequences for the beneficiaries.
Each case is unique to its own facts and any individual with such concerns about the validity of a will should seek guidance and support. We can advise on whether the circumstances surrounding the preparation of a will do give rise to a claim and the necessary investigations and procedures to either pursue or defend such a claim.
Investigations into the background to the preparation and execution of a will may include obtaining medical records and information from the solicitor who prepared the will, and entering a caveat which prevents a grant of probate from being issued.
Acting on behalf of a defendant beneficiary of an estate where there was a dispute as to the validity of a handwritten codicil purportedly executed by the deceased in favour of another beneficiary.
Challenging a will on grounds of lack of testamentary capacity and successfully negotiating a settlement.