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What is Contentious Probate?

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Contentious probate refers to the resolution of all disputes involving the estates of the deceased.  Typically these take a number of different forms including:

  • Where it is claimed that a Will is not valid or of legal effect;
  • Where it is claimed that a Will whilst valid does not distribute the Estate sufficiently, or at all, to those most who are most deserving;
  • Where an Estate is not being administered correctly, or at all; and
  • Where property should not form part of an Estate to be administered as it did not belong to the Deceased at the date of death.

Further information on these different forms of contentious probate is available from our website .

Aside from disputed Will claims contentious probate can also include those estates where the Deceased dies without making a valid Will, or where a Will cannot be found, resulting in an intestacy. 

If you consider that you may have a contentious probate dispute, whether you be claiming or defending, it is very important that you seek specialist legal advice at your earliest opportunity.  This is because strict time limits apply to claims which, if missed, may legally prevent a claim from being brought at all.  It is also advisable to act before the value in an estate, be that property or money, is distributed. 

Our contentious probate team specialises in all aspects of contentious probate and is consistently ranked in the top tier of The Legal 500. The team is headed up by Robert Weston, who is listed in The Legal 500 as a “leading individual” and was the instructing solicitor for the successful party in the landmark judgment of Walker v Badmin.  Robert, together with Suzanne Lee and Andrew Chandler are all full members of The Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) and represent clients both nationwide and abroad in both bringing and defending claims. 

If you have a contentious probate matter which you would like to discuss with a specialist solicitor with a view to instructing mfg Solicitors LLP, please visit  for further information and contact details.