Disputed Probate

Whilst making a Will is the best way to ensure your personal belongings are distributed according to your wishes, we are all too aware of the issues that arise when a Will is not made correctly and disputes occur over the validity of a Will or Trust.

Our specialist Disputed Probate Team draws together solicitor's who have expert knowledge on all aspects of Wills, Probate and Tax planning, Dispute Resolution and Property Law, providing you with the comprehensive advice and guidance you need to resolve even the most complex of situations.

The Team is able to provide comprehensive advice and support on a number of issues in this area including:

  • Disputed wills
  • Disputes between executors and beneficiaries
  • Bringing or defending claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 – some family members and dependents are eligible to make a claim when someone has died, should the deceased's will not make reasonable financial provision to support them
  • Promises, assurances and conduct - instances where claims can be made where assurances by the deceased were made which are not reflected by either the relevant will or the intestacy rules
  • Negligence claims
  • Contentious applications to the Court of Protection including applications in relation to Statutory Wills
  • Professional negligence in relation to wills, trusts and/or estates

The Firm are proud to be Corporate Partners of The Institute of Legacy Management (ILM), a membership body for legacy professionals which works with those responsible for the administration of  donors' final gifts to charitable organisations. 


If you have an enquiry in relation to a disputed probate matter or simply want to speak to a member of our team, feel free to request a call back or make an enquiry.



Legal 500 2021: The Disputed Probate Team were recognised as a Top Tier team in the West Midlands.

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP fields a highly specialised team that deals with disputed probate and trust work. The agile team does a lot of complex, high-value and multi-jurisdictional work and also has experience of Court of Appeal proceedings. Its work ranges from challenges to wills, rectification claims, breach of trust actions through to emergency injunction applications. It advises beneficiaries and personal representatives on all contentious issues that arise in the administration of a trust or an estate.

Key lawyers include Associate Kimberly Mears who is recognised as a Rising Star and Senior Associate Angie Manley.

To find out more about our rankings, please click here.

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