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Disputed Will?

When all else fails, whatever your dispute we have specialist civil litigation solicitors that can help.

Contested Probate

There are certain instances whereby a third party could question the contents of a Will.  This could be where a person has made a Will and was pressurised into making it or that a person has been pressurised into changing a Will.

In addition, it should also be noted that a Will may be invalid if it has not been witnessed correctly. If the person making the Will lacked the sufficient mental capacity to actually make the Will and did not fully understand the nature of what they were doing, this may also invalidate the Will.

A further increasingly common ground relied on is that the Will has failed to make adequate financial provision for certain specific categories of people – usually this will be someone who was in some way financially dependent upon the Deceased before he or she died.

There are strict time limits which apply for making these types of claim and you must fall into one of the specified categories of Claimant listed in the legislation in order to be entitled to make a claim.

This is a complex area of the law and as such we always recommend that you take legal advice beforehand if you are either considering challenging a Will or if you find yourself subject to a claim.

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Meet The Civil Disputes Team

Manjit Kaur-Heer

Manjit Kaur-Heer

Litigation & Dispute Resolution Team

Email: Manjit
Tel: 024 7638 7821

About Manjit

Manjit qualified as a Solicitor in 1990 and brings a wealth of legal experience in Litigation to Willsons. Manjit has a specialist interest in disputes involving property ownership, validity of Wills, estates and inheritance. A number of these claims have risen in the family contexts. Inheritance disputes may arise when the validity of the Will is in question and also when an individual feels someone who has died has not made enough provision in their estate for them.

Manjit has considerable expertise in Contentious Probate area of law having dealt with numerous claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and around the validity of Wills arising from matters such as undue influence, forgery and lack of testamentary capacity.

Manjit often acts in these situations for children or disabled and/or venerable adults.

Manjit has experience and has represented individuals and business in connection with large money claims, has acted for share-holders in the protection of their minority interests, for company directors facing personal claims, for partners in partnership disputes, for Claimants in professional negligence claims, for employers and employees in connection with employment claims, for Landlords and tenants of business premises and advised in all manner of insolvency and contractual disputes.

Manjit is a Sikh and was born in the Punjab in India and has extended family in India, Canada and the United States. Manjit’s interests are varied and include walking, dance, music, Bollywood, reading, movies, cookery and fashion.

Elizabeth Ashford

Elizabeth Ashford

Solicitor

Email: Elizabeth
Tel: 024 7638 7821
M: 07458 027 010

About Elizabeth

Elizabeth has worked within the legal profession for over 20 years and quickly progressed from receptionist to legal secretary and then to paralegal before qualifying as a Chartered Legal Executive in 2010.

Elizabeth has experience working with both private and commercial clients and has previously enjoyed the opportunity to attend the Royal Courts of Justice in London from time to time.

In her current role, Elizabeth deals with a broad spectrum of work, including debt recovery, contractual disputes, residential landlord and tenant work, neighbour disputes and property litigation.

Elizabeth has also assisted with Mediation, when that is more appropriate than the adversarial court process, Elizabeth also has experience with advocacy having attended Hearings at the County Court. 

Elizabeth has two young children, and any spare time she has is taken up with her favourite hobbies which are running, cycling and reading.​