Contested Estate Claims

Wills & Estate Planning

Newcastle's Legal experts in contested estate claims

Sometimes the validity of a Will or the terms of a Will may be challenged. The Executor will be responsible for dealing with this. It can be a difficult time as the person making the claim under the estate will likely be known to the Executor and could be a close relative. An Executor is responsible for arguing that the Will and its terms are valid and fair. Many claims are settled through negotiation and mediation between the parties and their legal representatives. Some claims proceed to Court. The Court may amend the Will to vary the distribution of the estate to compensate someone who was not previously made a beneficiary.

At Burgess Thomson we can assist you in defending a Will and your appointment as Executor. We will negotiate with other parties on your behalf and ensure the wishes of the deceased person are defended. We can assist you in gathering evidence from doctors, family members and lawyers who assisted the deceased person in preparing the Will.

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