Contentious probate, contentious trusts and estates, or inheritance dispute work – whatever you want to call it – is still a relatively recent speciality. There are many who profess to specialise in this area, but who have very little actual experience. There are those who think it is merely a subset of civil litigation or non-contentious probate work: such people tend to have little experience and will only deal with a handful of inheritance disputes a year as part of their wider case load.
At IDR Law, contentious probate work is all we do, and this makes a huge difference.
We come across many different types of opponent, but the more experienced and specialist they are in inheritance dispute work, the quicker and more effective the resolution and the better it is for everyone involved.
The good, experienced lawyers are proactive, thorough and have their client’s best interests at heart.
Top 10 traits that make us groan
These are just a few examples of things we come across in opponents, which do a disservice to all involved, and which often result in increased costs, delay and prolonged family distress with no benefit to anyone (including their own client!):
Sadly, we see far too many cases with different combinations of the above. One current case has almost completed the entire list! So, to all those out there about to embark on probate litigation – if you cannot use us because your opponent already has, then at least check that whoever you choose to instruct has sufficient experience.
If you want some guidance on how to ensure that your proposed solicitors have the necessary experience, take a look at our Transparency Guide here, which has a series of questions you can reasonably ask to help you make an informed choice.
IDR Law is an approachable, boutique firm and the only one in the country dealing solely with inheritance dispute resolution. Whether you’re a law firm, or an individual who feels they would benefit from our expertise, get in touch here, email us at [email protected] or call on 01423 637050.