Probate / Contested Probate

Our Private Client team is experienced in handling complex, high-value probates and international trusts and estates disputes. We act for executors, beneficiaries and trustees, adopting a sensitive approach to ensure that family relationships are maintained.

We handle all aspects of the probate process, including review of the Will if there is one, applying for a grant of representation, paying inheritance tax, collecting in the estate’s assets and distributing the estate in accordance with the Will or intestacy rules. We have a particular expertise in handling probates with multi-jurisdictional assets including advising on double taxation issues.

We are also experienced in advising on contested probates, to include advising disgruntled beneficiaries on claims to estates or claims against unfit executors and trustees. We aim to resolve matters outside of the court process where possible, using mediation and negotiation to come to an agreement. However, where court proceedings cannot be avoided, we work in parallel with our highly-regarded Litigation team to handle complex disputes and achieve a resolution to what is often an emotional and difficult time for the family.

Our probate offering includes advice on:

  • a beneficiary’s right to information
  • contesting a will
  • removal of trustees and executors
  • international trusts and estates disputes
  • Inheritance Act claims
  • breach of trust claims
  • incapacity and the Court of Protection
  • property claims
  • costs and funding

For information on our charges, please refer to: Probate fees – November 2018

James has arranged wills and lasting power of attorneys for a number of my clients and has consistently shown himself to be professional while also being sensitive to some of the emotional issues clients face in such circumstances.

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James Cohen – SolicitorIf you would like to discuss a probate matter further please do not hesitate to contact James Cohen, a Partner in our Private Client team who is also STEP (Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners) qualified, on

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