I have acted for Claimants, Defendants and Executors. Disputes of this type often involve family members and feelings of anger, disappointment and hurt. I develop good relationships with my clients due to the nature of these types of disputes, which are often deeply personal. Acting for my clients, therefore, not only involves advising them in terms of the law, but also gaining an understanding of the emotive aspects of the dispute and working with my clients to reach the best possible outcome for them.
- Acting for the beneficiaries of an estate where the validity of the will was challenged on the grounds that the deceased did not have testamentary capacity at the time the will was made. The case involved obtaining posthumous reports regarding the deceased’s testamentary capacity. The parties reached a compromise before the dispute went to trial.
- Acting for the beneficiary of a large estate which involved lottery winnings where the solicitors drafting the will had been negligent, meaning that our client would not inherit under the will as was intended. The will was rectified and the client able to benefit from her inheritance.
- Acting for a disappointed beneficiary where our client did not inherit half of the family farm as he was assured he would over the years.
- Acting for a client who was involved in the family farming business, where the family solicitors had failed to administer the estate and trusts of a deceased member of the family business properly, causing problems for the surviving members of the family business.
- Securing a financial settlement for a client whose husband had only left her a life interest in the marital home, which was registered solely in his name. It was the second marriage for both of them and they did not have any children together. The husband’s will left everything to his children from his first marriage despite the fact that our client had been paying towards the mortgage of the house.
- Challenging the validity of a will on the grounds of undue influence where our client’s mother had left her entire estate to our client’s sister, whereas as previous wills had divided the estate equally between them.
- Acting for a client in respect of the rectification of a will where the solicitor preparing the will had failed to understand the testator’s instructions and the will therefore did not divide the deceased’s estate as she had intended.
- Acting for a client who was inheriting her father’s estate, but whose step-mother was making a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.
- A professional negligence claim against solicitors who failed to advise our client that part of the extension of the house she was buying was actually built on a public highway.
- A professional negligence claim against solicitors instructed to administer a trust who failed to take action against an Independent Financial Advisor for negligent advice.