Looking for legal representation but unsure what kind of solicitor you require? With years of experience representing our clients and endless in-depth legal knowledge, our solicitors are trained to handle everything from Wills and probate to medical negligence claims. To help you decide whether a contentious probate solicitor is the best qualified legal professional to handle your claim, we take a look at what they do below.
What is contentious probate?
Contentious probate (as opposed to non-contentious probate) simply refers to any kind of debate or disputes that arises from the administration of a deceased individual’s estate. Such disputes might concern the value of assets mentioned in the Will, a difference of opinion between the executor of the Will and the beneficiaries, or even questions over how the deceased person’s Will should be interpreted.
What does a contentious probate solicitor do?
A contentious probate solicitor will focus on supporting their client(s) by accurately determining and implementing the genuine desires of the deceased person. Often, this involves ensuring any assets from the deceased are passed onto the right beneficiaries.
In order to avoid time-consuming and expensive disputes between parties, contentious probate solicitors will attempt to settle any Will, trust, and inheritance disputes as sensitively yet quickly as possible.
How is contentious probate resolved?
Supported by the right legal advice, many contentious probate issues can be resolved without the need for costly court proceedings. Mediation and negotiation are often the easiest and quickest ways to resolve contentious probate, though these disputes can move onto court if an agreement is not reached during mediation.
At Wafer Phillips Solicitors, we understand that the majority of our clients will not want to take their claim to court. However, in the event that going to court is a necessary step for your case, you can rest assured that our team will be on hand every step of the way to ensure the best outcome.
Can you get legal aid for contentious probate?
According to official Government guidance, legal aid is available in some cases and can help individuals to cover the cost of seeking legal advice, family mediation, and legal representation. For example, you may qualify for legal aid if you cannot afford legal costs, the issue at hand is serious, and your case is eligible for legal aid. You can find out more about the cases that are eligible for legal aid here.
Contact Wafer Phillips Solicitors today
Here at Wafer Phillips Solicitors, our aim is to represent the interests of victims of crime and negligence through an unwavering dedication to seeking fairness and justice. To accomplish this aim, we’ve created an experienced and professional team of solicitors to provide expert support and advice on a wide range of legal subjects including Wills and probate, workplace injuries, and medical negligence.
If you’d like to find out more about our down-to-earth approach or speak to a member of our team to receive a free and confidential consultation, please don’t hesitate to call us on 0151 256 7898.
However you decide to contact us, you can rest assured that all your information will remain completely confidential.