Our dedicated team of solicitors can provide you with expert legal advice if you are concerned about an invalid will.
SOLVING PERSONAL LEGAL MATTERS
The validity of a Will has an impact on whether or not an estate can be distributed in accordance to its contents. In some cases, you may need to dispute a Will if you are alarmed about its validity and in this instance, services from Forbes Solicitors can be of assistance. Our specialist Dispute Resolution team are experienced in this complex legal area, providing the level of legal support required to meet your needs.
An invalid Will usually surfaces after the death of an individual, causing additional issues for those who are going through the grieving process. The invalidity of a Will can also cause family feuds and problems before the estate is distributed; especially if someone disagrees with the contents of the Will.
There are a number of reasons why a Will can be void, such as:
The Court is able to correct or amend a Will if an application is submitted outlining the known problems. However, depending on the nature of the case and feelings towards the Will, a dispute claim may be raised against it. It's recommended that you seek legal support if you are raising a dispute against a Will in order to ensure you are fairly represented and get the end result you're hoping for.
We have a dedicated team of solicitors who can provide you with expert legal advice if you are concerned about an invalid Will or have a contesting a will claim. We understand this may be a sensitive time for all involved, which is why we're committed to ensuring the process is as straightforward as possible.
In order to assess the merits of a validity challenge we need to carry out an Initial Case Assessment (ICA) at a fixed cost of £1,000 plus VAT. This includes the cost to:
There will be an additional fee of £600 +VAT to be paid to an expert medical advisor who will review medical records, the Will file and the evidence of witnesses who knew the deceased limited to a maximum of 150 pages and speak with us for 30 minutes by telephone to discuss whether the deceased had capacity to make a Will and/or was someone who was susceptible to being unduly influenced.
We will also ask the deceased's GP to provide us with their view about their testamentary capacity when the deceased gave instructions and executed their Will. The GP may charge for this and, if so, we will pass the GP's charges on to you.
Thereafter, we will decide whether we are able to act under a no win, no fee agreement.