Trusts and probate can be complex. It is advisable for anyone concerned about how a trust, Will or estate is being managed to speak to a legal expert.
Invariably, this can stop a situation from getting worse, allowing for an acceptable solution and avoiding a lengthy disagreement.
We represent trustees, executors and beneficiaries in many types of disputes. Drawing on significant experience, our team can resolve matters swiftly without any need for a court hearing.
To avoid trust or probate disputes becoming protracted, we aim to resolve matters quickly: identifying the key issues, discussing the options, and outlining the best course of action. Having assessed the strength of a claim or defence, we deliver pragmatic advice on the available options.
We can enter into negotiations to achieve resolution. If unsuccessful, we can assist through mediation: often faster and more cost-effective than litigation, it can also prevent family relationships degenerating.
Beneficiaries may decide to take action against trustees for mismanagement or breaches of trust: sometimes, they can request their removal and seek to protect or recover assets. Early intervention can ensure that the trust fund is protected and that trustees are put on notice. Disagreements can also arise over an executor’s actions, a Will’s validity, or who should have been left a legacy. Our team advises clients of their rights and represent them in bringing or defending a claim.