Although IWC specialise in non contentious probate and estate administration. We have a dedicated team of qualified Solicitors we can refer you to who are experienced in dealing with contentious probate, caveats, will disputes and intestate death.
If any of these circumstances apply to you and your family, take the first step and to speak to our team for free, impartial advice.
What is Contentious Probate?
Contentious probate is when a dispute arises over who can apply for the Grant of Representation of Letters of Administration. Individuals who wish to contest a will enter in a caveat to prevent anyone from applying for probate. This means no-one takes control of the estate, it is effectively frozen until the dispute is resolved.
What Happens Next?
Cases of contested probate normally involve a caveat. The caveat probate will stay in place for 6 months, during this time individuals can seek further legal advice, review their options and hopefully settle their differences with each other. After this time it is possible to re-new the order for another 6 months.
Caveats - What to do
If you wish to apply for a caveat or you've just been informed there is one in place when you've tried to apply for probate, it is advisable to seek legal assistance immediately, call us for free advice concerning probate
A caveat cannot be revoked unless all the individuals involved consent to it. Unfortunately, if issues between parties cannot be resolved, the next step is court proceedings.
How Can IWC Help?
Matters can be complex, distressing and lengthy. At IWC, we can give you the best possible, up-to-date legal advice so you know exactly where you stand. We can assist you throughout the entire probate process; working closely with you to help you resolve your legal issues. When appropriate, we can appoint legal representation, ensuring you have expert backing throughout the process. Here are just some of the reasons to contact us.
Free advice - We provide free telephone advice and no obligation appointments are available to discuss your circumstances.
Probate Specialists - As a specialist Will Writing and Probate Company, we have first-rate knowledge within our field and keep up-to-date with constantly changing laws. Where a matter requires we will hand you over to a firm of specialist Contentious Probate Solicitors who will assist you.
Fully Qualified - Any work we carry out will be conducted by a full STEP member or Law degree certified personnel. All Solicitors we refer you to are regulated by the SRA and will comply with all necessary regulations.
Low-Cost, Fixed Fees - Fees agreed with you in advance.
Fully Insured - and regulated by the Society of Will Writers & Estate Planning Practitioners
In issues of contentious probate, time is of the essence. It is possible to serve a 'Warning' to a caveator in an attempt to prevent them securing the caveat.