Contesting a Will.

Our specialist Disputed Probate Team offer clear advice on all aspects of Wills, Probate and Tax planning, Dispute Resolution and Property Law.

Dealing with the affairs of a loved one can be difficult and complex.

We're experienced in dealing with complex situations.

If you believe you have grounds to contest a will, we strongly advise you to seek expert legal advice. We can provide you with the comprehensive advice and guidance you need to resolve even the most complex of situations.

Employment Law

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 are 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

Negligence claims

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

Contentious applications to the Court of Protection including applications in relation to Statutory Wills

Professional negligence in relation to wills, trusts and/or estates

Angie Manley


Working With Our Service Team

Our dedicated legal experts are highly specialised in this area of law and are able to provide comprehensive legal advice and guidance to resolve even the most complex of situations.

- Angie Manley

If you have an enquiry in relation to Challenging a Will or simply want to speak to a member of our expert team, please get in touch.

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Legal 500 2024: The Disputed Probate Team were recognised as a leading team in the West Midlands.

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP 'holds its own against the 'City' firms' and is 'experienced and knowledgeable'. It is skilled at handling disputed trust and probate work under the leadership of Charlotte Clode. The group is adept at dealing with complex and multi-jurisdictional cases and Court of Appeal proceedings. Its work spans challenges to wills, emergency injunction applications and breach of trust actions. Senior Associate, Kimberly Mears, has returned to the firm. Angie Manley, who is also a senior associate, has considerable strength in substantial multi-party probate claims.

Senior Associate's, Angie Manley and Kimberly Mears are both recognised as 'Rising Stars'.

  • "Angie Manley has long been a professional that I have recommended clients and contacts to. I find her efficiency and methodical yet personal service to be exemplary and she is a pleasure to deal with on that basis. When instructing Angie, you can be confident that the desired outcome is always at the forefront of her mind".
  • "Kimberley Mears is a very efficient operator. Angie Manley has highly polished client skills".

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Angie Manley

Senior Associate

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Kimberly Mears

Senior Associate

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Rowan Jones

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What Our Clients Say

Ms Mears was most supportive and understanding. She gave clear advice and always responded quickly to my questions, would definitely use her services again.

Kimberly Mears

Ms Pomeroy


We would like to thank you personally for all the hard work you did on our behalf regarding Beryl's will. We greatly appreciated the fact that you always made yourself available to us when particular problems arose and this helped us to deal with what could have been a very stressful period in our lives. Indeed, we felt that the atmosphere at the mediation session in London was more relaxed than we could ever have hoped for - and with a good result! We were entirely satisfied at all times with the way you dealt with our dispute of the will and we hope that the outstanding items can be settled before long.

Angie Manley

Mr & Mrs Pucknell


I found Kimberley Mears to be very pleasant, attentive and very clear in informing of my options in relation to my case. I would recommend FBC to a friend or family member with confidence.

Kimberly Mears

Ms Wilkes


From the first time I met Angie, I felt confident that she was right for the job. She was friendly, competent, professional and always kept me informed on the process. Would engage her again without hesitation. Great lady and great service.

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