Contentious probate

Will and Inheritance Dispute Solicitors

Sometimes, after a person has passed away those that are left behind may be surprised at the content of their friend or loved one’s Will (or indeed the outcome if there isn’t a Will). There may be a number of reasons why parties may feel it right to challenge the administration of an estate including:

  • Distribution of assets
  • Choice of executors
  • Worries about the deceased’s state of mind or undue influence at the time the Will was made
  • Concerns that they have been excluded from benefiting from the estate unfairly

The act of contesting a Will or making a claim against the estate is known as Contentious Probate’.

Verisona Law’s team of Contentious Probate specialists has extensive experience and an impressive track record in both pursuing and defending disputes involving Wills, Estates, Trusts and professional negligence. We are experts in:

  • Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
  • Challenging the validity of a Will
  • Investigating financial Abuse, Theft & Fraud
  • Considering and making claims against executors and trustees

Our team

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Hayley Beeching
Senior Associate - Head of Wills, Probate & Trusts

Hayley is Head of Wills, Probate & Trusts at Verisona Law.

Hayley started her journey at Verisona Law in 2008 as a Trainee solicitor, and now heads up the Wills, Trusts and Probate team. She has a particular interest in dealing with the administration of estates and associated tax matters. Hayley has worked on a wide variety of cases, including some notably high value estates and she regularly provides advice to clients regarding Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney.

Hayley is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

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Andrea Cox
Principal Lawyer - Wills, Trust & Probate

Andrea is a Principal Lawyer at Verisona Law, specialising in Wills, probate and tax planning.  She also advises on lasting powers of attorney and declarations of trust in relation to property ownership.  Andrea is often asked to advise elderly parents and their children on the issue of trust of the family home and gift of the family home to the children.

Many clients regard her as their ‘family’s solicitor’ and come back to her whenever they need legal advice. Clients have appointed her to act as their Attorney in the event that they become unable to manage their own affairs and she has acted in this capacity on a number of occasions.

Andrea is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly.

Client testimonials

“We are very pleased with the highly professional service that we have received from you. We will certainly use your company in future when we have legal work to be done and strongly recommend you to others.”

Anon, April 2019