Trust and Estate Disputes

At Mercers we have a Trust and Estate Disputes Department made up of our experienced Litigation and Private Client lawyers, who bring together a wide range of skills and experience to achieve practical solutions in the best interests of our clients.

The department takes a cost-effective and pragmatic approach to such matters, whilst providing good advice to our clients on a wide range of contentious probate and Court of Protection matters. We act for executors, beneficiaries, trustees, and administrators in bringing and defending claims.

This department handles the following types of cases: –
  • Statutory Will applications, approval of gifts applications and other Court of Protection Actions
  • Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975 claims
  • Claims relating to undue influence, duress and fraud
  • Claims relating to the validity of a Will
  • Proprietary Estoppel claims
  • Claims relating to Intestacy
  • Inheritance Tax disputes
  • Will disputes
  • Injunctions

We also have experience in the use of mediation to resolve disputes in the most cost and time efficient way and will encourage/adopt mediation and other forms of dispute resolution to achieve the best solutions for our clients.

We also remind clients that most Inheritance Act claims must be brought within six months of the Grant of Representation being issued, meaning that it is important to contact us at the earliest opportunity.

We offer a range of funding options, including private funding, ‘No win, No fee’ agreements in some cases, and we can also advise on different insurance products available to cover the cost of pursuing your claim.

Peter Hopkins (Partner), Chris Bowler (Partner), Beatrice Calderbank (Litigator) and Shella Glanfield (Associate Solicitor).

Click here to see our Trust and Estate Disputes Brochure.