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International contentious probate claims

Bringing or defending a claim relating to an estate, whether it be a validity challenge against a will, a claim under the Inheritance Act or a dispute with an executor, can be a difficult task. And so, when you or other parties live abroad, it may appear a daunting task to take on.

It is increasingly common for people to move abroad and set up new lives on the other side of the world, with their families often remaining in their home country. And so when a relatives passes, and their estate is being administered in the UK, it may feel that you do not have any control or input in the matter.

This is where we have been working with clients over the last couple of years to provide assistance in these difficult times. Our team have had many international clients in countries such as China, New Zealand, Italy and many more.

Our international clients receive the exact same high standard of service from our team as any other client residing in the UK. They have noted how the distance and time difference have had little impact on their instruction and the service received from our team. If you'd like to speak to us please call 0161 696 6178 or complete our online enquiry form and we'll contact you directly.


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How our international inheritance dispute solicitors can help?

We ensure that all services available to our UK clients are also made available to our international clients. We are always happy to accommodate our international clients needs, whether this be taking into account differing time zones or altered methods of communication to assist in an efficient and effective service.

Who our solicitors can help

If you are in need of advice or assistance relating to an inheritance dispute, we are here to help. We are able to provide assistance to anyone who may need it, whether it be issuing a claim, defending a claim or simply seeking advice on your position and the options available to you.

Why choose our solicitors?

Our team specialises in all areas of contentious probate and we provide a range of services from providing initial guidance to issuing or defending a claim relating to an estate. Our solicitors work solely in this area of law and are true specialists, dedicating their time and efforts on this type work.

Case studies

In 2022 we successfully settled a complex dispute for a client residing in China. Following the death of a relative who resided in the UK, we were not only able to manage and issue the claim on their behalf, but we were also able to facilitate a remote mediation across two time zones. We secured a successful settlement for the client and all parties were able to conclude matters efficiently and effectively.

This year, we have been assisting a client who resides in Italy in both applying for probate and handling a claim against the estate. Our client has been be able to defend the claim without being negatively impacted by their residence outside of the UK and we continue to assist her in doing so.

International contentious probate FAQs

What if I live in a country with a different time zone?

We will always go out of our way to ensure any time zone differences are managed effectively and do not impact how your case is handled. We are happy to accommodate all of our clients needs to ensure the process is as easy as possible.

What if I need to sign documents but can’t use Royal Mail or the usual postal services?

We are happy to utilise alternative postal and courier services to ensure ease of postage. We will work with you to identify and utilise the easiest methods of exchanging documents where necessary. Many items can be exchanged through email but where this may not suffice, there are plenty of other options that we can use.

What if I want to meet my solicitor in person, rather than only corresponding by email and phone?

If you prefer a face-to-face experience, our team often use online video calls such as Microsoft Teams, Skype and other video calling methods. We are always happy to put a face to a name to ensure you are comfortable and confident in your solicitor.

Get in touch with out inheritance dispute solicitors

If you are experiencing a dispute in regards to a Will, trust or estate, get in touch with Stephensons today to see how we can help. You can call us on 0161 696 6178 or complete our online enquiry form and someone will contact you as soon as possible.

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