Inheritance Disputes

Contentious probate disputes arise when the validity of a Will is challenged.  As people are living longer and dementia is on the rise it is becoming more common for relatives to seek legal advice after a death.  At Ridley & Hall, our specialist solicitors can offer expert advice on all contentious probate and inheritance disputes.

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How we can help

Contentious probate cases are often complex and this is why it’s important to seek legal advice that you can trust. The solicitors at Ridley & Hall tailor their services to suit your dispute case, whether it is involving a will, trust or the negligence of a solicitor. We offer sympathetic, practical advice and support that aims to achieve the best outcome for all of our clients.

Our complete contentious probate service covers disputes in relation to:

  • Wills
  • Probate & Estate Administration
  • Inheritance Tax
  • Trusts
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Court of Protection

An initial telephone discussion is free of charge and there are funding options available, including fixed fees, legal expenses insurance and ‘no win no fee’.

We encourage parties to go to mediation rather than to fight out cases in court, when that’s appropriate as it’s often cheaper and  less stressful than going to court. Our team includes contentious probate specialist Sarah Young who is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly and the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS).

Ridley & Hall has a ‘very knowledgeable’ team that many view as providing ‘a boutique service for contentious probate matters’. Headed by Sarah Young (who has ‘an excellent client manner and is very commercial’), and featuring Helen Dandridge (who is ‘very switched on legally’), the practice handles an array of contentious probate matters, with a particular niche in cases involving missing persons; in an illustration of its expertise in this arena, the firm recently acted in an application for declaration of presumed death by a missing person’s cohabitee, which was opposed by his family alleging that the missing person was still alive. Other recent work includes defending repossession proceedings brought by the deputy of the deceased mother’s mentally incapacitated daughter.” – Legal 500 2017

Let Us Help You

We offer a completely free initial enquiry so that we can discover more about your situation and explain all of your options.

Please call us on 0843 289 4640 or complete our Free Online Enquiry

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What our clients say:

  • The case concluded as hoped.  I was at all times treated with courtesy, consideration and empathy by Sarah Young who was at all times professional yet approachable in all matters relating to a very complex case. I personally thank her on behalf of myself and children for the way she conducted my case which brought great relief and a most satisfactory conclusion and will help us move forward.

  • I would like to say a sincere thank you so very much for all your help in my recent troubles… I would not and will not hesitate to use you again if it was needed. Once again thank you Sarah for everything, especially whilst I was dealing with the death of my mother at the time. It was a pleasure to have met you, and have your guidance. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  • I have referred a number of contentious probate clients to Sarah and have found her to be professional, personable and extremely able. The clients in question have always been extremely satisfied with the work that Sarah has done for them. I would heartily recommend her to anyone seeking advice in this area.

    Wednesday 16 May 2012
  • My first meeting with Sarah  Young was really great. She seemed to care about my situation and gave good advice on what we should expect throughout our case. My case has now come to an end thanks to Sarah. I would highly recommend her services to others in similar situations.

    Wednesday 22nd June 2016

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