Contentious Probate

In England & Wales, you have the legal right to leave what you own to whomever you choose – however, when those left behind find they are not entitled to what they expected following the passing of a family member or friend, it’s only natural for a dispute to arise.

The contents of the Will may be the heart of the conflict, but there is usually a tangled web of family history and personal issues buried within each unique case: it’s these details that can cause a dispute of this nature to intensify and ultimately act as a barrier to settlement. If not dealt with effectively and in a timely manner, Will-related disputes can quickly escalate into lengthy legal battles that only cause more grief to all those involved.

The death of a loved one is made all the more difficult when their Will becomes the cause for conflict. This is what is known as contentious probate, a highly complex area of law that demands specialist legal assistance if the best possible outcome is to be secured quickly and efficiently.

How can we help?

Stephen Gisby & Co is a Bristol-based law firm specialising in contested probate. Bringing 30+ years of technical expertise and professional insight, the team at Stephen Gisby & Co are well-equipped to deal with a wide variety of disputes relating to Wills, estates and trusts. Their small but heavyweight team have garnered a reputation on a national scale for delivering swift and effective dispute resolution to a diverse client-base on cases ranging from minor disagreements to bitterly contested High Court conflicts. Stephen is a member of the specialist group of lawyers practising in this field, the Association of Contested Trusts and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS).

Whether you want to contest a Will, are an executor facing an inheritance claim from a relative or friend of the deceased or your family is already locked in conflict, Stephen Gisby & Co offers the expert knowledge necessary to achieve the right outcome – be it through mediation or court proceedings.

Stephen Gisby & Co acts for families, settlors, trustees, beneficiaries and lawyers involved with probate disputes.

Our services include:

  • Contesting a Will
  • Defending a Will
  • Intestacy disputes
  • Claims by spouses, partners, children and dependants for financial provision

No matter how far advanced the situation, the team at Stephen Gisby & Co is here to determine the best approach in securing an outcome that meets your needs. Call us on 0117 915 4562 to discuss your case with an experienced contentious probate lawyer today.