Will Disputes and Court of Protection

This department is closely linked to our Dispute Resolution and Wills and Probate Departments and was launched to combine the technical expertise and experience of the two departments.

There has been a substantial increase in the number of cases involving family disputes over Wills and over the personal affairs of elderly or incapacitated relatives who can no longer manage their own finances. The department also advises on welfare disputes which may arise.

Our experts have practical experience and specialised training in trying to negotiate settlements in such matters and if necessary resolve matters through the Courts.

This department covers primarily, but not exclusively, the following:

  • Disputes over the validity of a Will because of concerns about the person’s ability to make a will or influence that may have been put on them

  • The issues arising if you have been left out of a Will or if reasonable provision has not been made for you

  • The interpretation of a Will

  • Disputes between beneficiaries and Executors about the administration of an estate

  • Powers of Attorneys and their validity

  • Court appointed Deputies

  • Concerns about an acting Attorney or Deputy

  • Applying for, or objecting to, Wills made by the Court if a person no longer has the capacity to make a Will

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