Cathryn Culverhouse

Partner

Contentious Probate, Wills, Trusts and Estate Disputes

Cathryn deals with a wide range of complex private client and contentious probate disputes including, but not limited to, validity disputes, undue influence claims, Beddoe applications, executor/trustee disputes, 1975 Act claims and disputes surrounding the assets within the estate.

Cathryn has worked for Executors/Trustees and beneficiaries alike, including private individuals and charities.

She is personable and empathetic. She understands the delicate nature of maintaining family relationships whilst ensuring the client receives their rightful inheritance. Cathryn is committed to resolving issues before the need for proceedings, always looking for practical solutions, but where early settlement is not possible Cathryn also has the ability and experience to take matters to trial.

Cathryn is also a Trustee of Cherry Trees, a local charity providing home-from-home respite care for children and young adults with complex disabilities.

Work highlights

1975 ACT CLAIM

Acting for a life tenant of an estate worth in excess of £8million defending a 1975 Act claim.


REMOVAL OF EXECUTOR

Acting for one of two executors in removing the other where a dispute had arisen in a multinational estate and subsequently resolving a 1975 Act claim against the estate.


CHARITY BENEFICIARY

Acting for a charity beneficiary defending a proprietary estoppel and validity claim against the estate.


LIFETIME GIFT

Acting for the administrator of an estate disputing the validity of a lifetime gift.


Recent articles

Videos

Understanding caveats in probate: when and how to use them

Contentious Probate experts Jenny Ray and Cathryn Culverhouse answer some common questions about the use of caveats and demonstrate how, and when, to use them.

23/05/2024

Insights

Controversy surrounds remote Will witnessing amidst rising inheritance disputes

The once lawful practice of remotely witnessing Wills is to be removed due to a surge in contentious inheritance disputes

20/02/2024

Insights

The rights of military wives to be – security after the loss of a loved one in service

Cathryn Culverhouse tells the story of one woman's unwavering determination for justice against her deceased partner's employer, the RAF

31/10/2023

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Beware the invalid will

A cautionary tale from Cathryn Culverhouse regarding the importance of using a solicitor to ensure your wishes are carried out

19/10/2023