DMH Stallard has a team of legal specialists ready to help you when there’s an inheritance dispute. We have the backup and expertise you’d expect from a nationally recognised law firm. With several offices across the South East, including Horsham, we also offer that local, personalised service demanded when sensitive matters around wills and inheritance arise.
Many of us don’t make a will and even when we do, we may get bad advice or attempt our own DIY wills which won’t stand up to legal scrutiny. DMH Stallard in Horsham represents family members unhappy with the terms of a will, those who feel they haven’t inherited what they should and personal representatives like executors whose handling of an estate has been challenged.
If you wish to contact our contentious probate team in Horsham you can do so online
or by phone on +44 (0)1403 252492
What is contentious probate?
When we talk about contentious probate we mean disputes that arise over the meaning of a will or that occur during the process of administering a deceased’s estate.
Wills and inheritance disputes are on the rise in Horsham and across the country for a number of reasons. These include more complex family units and the fact that when we die our estates are worth more because of rising house prices and other factors. Because there are valuable, tangible assets to target, disgruntled family members and individuals who were dependent on the deceased understandably feel justified in going down the route of legal proceedings. They’re more prepared to take the risk of falling out with family members and the prospect of shouldering significant legal costs.
What can our Horsham wills disputes lawyers do for you?
Our wills and inheritance dispute lawyers in Horsham deal with the full range of contentious probate matters, including:
- Disputes about the precise terms of a will
- Disagreements over the circumstances in which a will has been made
- Claims that the value of an inheritance under a will or intestacy (that is, where there is no will) is inadequate
- So-called ‘proprietary estoppel’ claims where a promise made by the deceased is not reflected in the will
- Disputes based on allegations of negligence on the part of the solicitor who drafted the will
- Claims based on the behaviour of trustees and executors, including applications to remove offending individuals
Trusts disputes lawyers in Horsham
Trusts can be set up under a will (‘will trusts’) or during your lifetime (lifetime trusts’). Essentially trusts are legal mechanisms that enable a trustee to look after and manage assets on behalf of the beneficiaries of a trust.
Our solicitors in Horsham advise on all aspects of trusts. This means that in addition to disputes over wills and inheritance we also assist individuals engaged in disputes about trusts. These may involve allegations that the trustees are not acting within the terms of the trust deed, disputes over the valuation of trust property and legal issues over the correct interpretation of the trust documents.
Why choose our Horsham contentious probate solicitors?
"DMH Stallard lawyers are straightforward and speak to us in a language we understand"
Chambers & Partners, 2021
More than many of the other areas of law we work in, contentious probate cases always have the potential to exacerbate already strained family relationships. If not handled realistically costs can spiral out of control, depleting the value of the estate and in some cases vastly reducing the assets available to the beneficiaries.
There are many benefits of instructing the contentious probate solicitors at DMH Stallard in Horsham:
- You’ll receive advice from experienced practitioners, often from specialist partners
- We are committed to sensible and transparent pricing
- Our service is designed to fit your needs. No two clients are the same so it’s difficult to defend a one-size fits all approach when it comes to contentious probate advice
- We’re easy to work with, focusing on flexibility and clarity. We’ll appoint the team members who are the best fit for your needs to handle your case
- You can rely in our external reviews in legal directories like Chambers and the Legal 500
At the end of the day we know this is a sensitive area for most of our clients, many of whom will have recently lost a loved one. We’ll always handle your case appropriately – with integrity and respect.
Contact us in Horsham
You can contact our contentious probate team in Horsham online
or by phone on +44 (0)1403 252492
. We usually arrange virtual meeting for clients but are always happy to see people in person if that’s the preference. Our Horsham office is just a 10-minute walk from the train station. If travelling by car there’s parking at the nearby Swan Walk Centre. Download a PDF version of our Horsham office map and directions.