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Welcome to Contested estates and trusts

A number of factors have combined in recent years to lead to an upsurge in cases involving contested estates and trusts.

The rising value of estates, particularly those involving substantial property assets, an increase in the number of second or third marriages and a greater willingness to contest your case has seen disputes involving estates rise in number and prominence.

Such cases require very careful handling and call for specialist knowledge and expertise to be used in order to achieve successful outcomes and to minimise the impact of what often becomes a very personal issue.

At Ward Hadaway, we have a long track record of successfully advising on a range of cases involving contested estates.

Members of our team have specialist qualifications in what remains a very niche area of the law to accompany their experience, ensuring that we really know what we are talking about.

Our broad span of expertise means that we can use a variety of strategies to represent your case, whether you are someone claiming part of an estate or if you are defending a claim against an inherited estate.

Not only are our lawyers highly qualified, their tact and discretion matches their undoubted abilities so your case will be handled with the utmost care and sensitivity throughout.

We are also able to use our experience of contested estates in a pro-active way to help draft wills which look to minimise potential sources of conflict and future estate disputes.

For more information on all these services, please get in touch.

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  • "Ward Hadaway ‘delivers tailored advice and good value for money’. Gaynor Jackson ‘combines extensive legal skills and experience with a very pragmatic and collaborative approach’."

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