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Disputes over a Will or any other issue to do with inheritance or probate can be complicated and are often highly emotive for those involved. Finding a way to resolve the dispute fairly while minimising the damage to key family relationships can therefore be highly valuable.
Our expert contested probate solicitors, based in Chichester, can help you quickly and cost-effectively resolve probate disputes, in most cases without the need for court action. Our empathetic but practical approach means we can make it as easy as possible to achieve a positive outcome in an amicable way wherever possible.
We are an accredited member of the Law Society’s Will and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS) and our team includes members of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). This reflects the strict standards we adhere to when dealing with contentious probate matters, giving you reassurance that we provide the best service for your needs.
Speak to one of our expert contested probate solicitors in Chichester by calling 01243 792102 or use the contact form on the right to ask us a question and get a quick response.
We can help you with all issues related to contentious probate, including:
No matter what your situation, we can help you explore your options and find the best way forward to ensure you are treated fairly during the probate process.
In general, we have found that most inheritance disputes can be sorted out without the need for court action. Non-confrontational dispute resolution methods, such as using negotiation and mediation, will normally allow us to achieve a positive outcome quickly and cost-effectively, with less stress and upset for everyone involved.
Agreeing a solution with the other people involved in the probate dispute also has the advantage of keeping the decision in your hands, rather than relying on a judge to decide what is fair. It can also prevent the dispute from becoming increasingly acrimonious, helping to preserve positive relationships between family members and others close to the deceased.
In the first instance, we can attempt to negotiate a solution with the other people involved in the probate dispute. This could be in writing, over the phone or in person.
One option is to use a process known as ‘collaborative law’, which involves both parties meeting, each supported by their own lawyer with specialist training in collaborative law. This can allow you to quickly negotiate a solution while making sure your interests are protected thanks to having your own expert legal advice on hand.
Another alternative is mediation. This process involves both parties sitting down with a trained, neutral mediator to talk through the dispute and attempt to find a mutually acceptable solution. The mediator’s role is to ensure the process stays amicable and productive, diffusing any conflict that arises and keeping the discussion on track.
These non-confrontational methods are usually faster, less expensive and less prone to conflict than taking court action. However, where we believe court action is the best option to achieve the right result, we can ensure you receive the best possible representation for your interests.
Our experienced contested probate solicitors offer a professional, caring and sympathetic service, backed up by extensive legal expertise. This allows us to keep conflict to a minimum while still ensuring your best interests are protected and you get a fair outcome.
Our solicitors are also highly experienced in working with elderly and vulnerable people, ensuring that you and your loved ones get the appropriate support when dealing in contested probate issues.
When you use our contested probate solicitors, we promise:
With members of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and of the Probate Section of the Law Society on our team, we can ensure that your case will be handled according to the strictest standards. We have also achieved the Law Society’s Lexcel accreditation in recognition of the high quality of our practice management and client care.
Need help challenging a Will or dealing with any other issue related to contentious probate? Contact our expert contested probate solicitors in Chichester by calling 01243 792102 or use the contact form above and we will get back to you quickly.