Disputes of this nature are becoming increasingly common owing to an aging population, an ever increasing awareness of legal rights and, perhaps more recently, losses in personal or trust wealth.

It is vital for those involved in such disputes, whether in their own right, or as a trustee or executor, to seek expert advice from the outset. 

Our specialist team have extensive experience in such matters, having advised on a wide range of probate, estates and trust disputes.

We understand that the issues involved are often sensitive family matters and that no two estates, families or trusts are the same. We use our experience to tailor our advice to our clients’ needs, with the aim of finding a pragmatic solution to resolve the dispute without the need for litigation, if this is possible.

When advising on potential solutions we also utilise the strength and expertise of our estate planning team to ensure that the risks of future disputes are minimised.

Our work includes:

  • Actions against trustees or personal representatives
  • Claims relating to the validity of a will
  • Dealing with unclear drafting in wills or trust documents
  • Disappointed beneficiary claims, including claims for financial provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
  • Applications to vary the terms of a trust
  • Attorneyship disputes and Court of Protection applications

 

Contact Details

Hugh MacDougald

Partner

Tel. +44 (0)20 7593 5149

Fax. +44 (0)20 7593 5070

Email. hmacdougald@wslaw.co.uk

Hugh MacDougald


Tim Snaith

Partner

Tel. +44 (0)20 7593 5147

Fax. +44 (0)20 7593 5099

Email. tsnaith@wslaw.co.uk

Tim Snaith


Penelope Manfield

Senior Associate

Tel. +44 (0)20 7593 5063

Fax. +44 (0)20 7593 5070

Email. pmanfield@wslaw.co.uk

Penelope Manfield


Susan Greville

Associate

Tel. +44 (0)20 7593 5028

Fax. +44 (0)20 7593 5070

Email. sgreville@wslaw.co.uk

Susan  Greville


Bharat Mandalia

Senior Trust Manager

Tel. +44 (0)20 7593 5019

Fax. +44 (0)20 7593 5070

Email. bmandalia@wslaw.co.uk

Bharat Mandalia


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The ‘knowledgeable and sound’ Hugh MacDougald heads an ‘exemplary’ private client practice at Winckworth Sherwood, which advises private individuals, trustees and executors on domestic and international tax and trust structuring. It is noted for its ‘high service levels, with considerable strength in depth’. Tim Snaith is also recommended.

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