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What is contentious probate?

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Contentious probate is a term that is being used more frequently than ever before. As an area of law, it is growing significantly and has started to become an integral part of many law firms. But what does contentious probate actually mean?

The meaning of probate is well known, as many people will be involved in the probate process at one point or another in their lives. When someone dies, it is generally necessary to obtain a grant of probate to administer their estate. This is something that can either be done independently or with the help of a solicitor.

Contentious probate is where a dispute arises as part of the probate process. It is a general term for any dispute arising in relation to a person’s estate. Usually, that person will have died but there is the odd circumstance in which a claim can be pursued whilst the person is alive. Cases generally include disputes such as Will disputes, challenging the validity of a Will, bringing a claim against an estate, disputes involving executors or trusts within the estate and much more. Contentious probate cases can also often include property disputes if the property is held by the estate or the estate has a potential interest in a property.

The term contentious probate can be rather broad and it is for this reason that we are always happy to discuss your case with you, so that we can consider who would be best suited to help you. If you have any queries and think that you may need help with a contentious probate dispute, please don’t get in touch with our specialist contentious probate team on 0161 696 6178.