Contentious Probate

We have the experience and specialist knowledge to deal with a range of contentious trust, probate and Court of Protection matters. We deal with these often sensitive claims with compassion whilst always maintaining the objectivity required to bring the dispute to a satisfactory resolution.

We act for executors or personal representatives of estates and also for individuals claiming against estates or other parties.

Some more frequently encountered situations we have been asked to represent clients include:

  • Claims arising from wills or on intestacy, including claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
  • Wills made under duress or undue influence, or where the testator lacked the mental capacity to make a will or did not sufficiently understand what he or she was doing
  • Forged wills and fraud
  • Disputes concerning the execution of wills
  • Disputes between executors/beneficiaries and trustees/executors
  • Actions for the removal of executors, administrators or trustees
  • Proprietary Estoppel, constructive trust and resulting trust claims
  • Death Bed Gifts and Promissory Estoppel claims
  • Trust litigation, including complex and multi-jurisdictional claims
  • Professional Negligence claims against professional advisors involved in giving advice in relation to wills and tax planning
  • Statutory Will Applications, and
  • Contentious Registration of Lasting Powers of Attorney.

Every case is unique and we are able to agree a strategy and approach with you that will meet your needs. We aim to achieve resolution of cases at an early stage through use of the pre-action protocols, negotiation or mediation.

However where that is not possible we manage litigation as efficiently and cost effectively as possible.


For further information please contact Leanne Wheeler on 01244 230000.

  • Leanne's combination of enthusiasm and diligence makes her an excellent solicitor and tenacious representative for her clients.

    Andrew Vinson Barrister, Exchange Chambers

  • Leanne is a highly talented and hardworking solicitor. I have no hesitation in recommending her.

    Louis Browne Exchange Chambers

  • Clear leaders in field and preparation of cases is second to none

    Tom Handley Senior Clerk Exchange Chambers

  • One of my friends, a Senior Lawyer in Liverpool, when he knew Leanne was representing me stated: I'm glad she is acting for you and not against you!" "She is known in legal circles as a "Rottweiler with lipstick!"

    Edward Pope

  • Great person to have on your side. Great ability to interpret complex issues and gives sound and and clear advice. Pro-active.

    Phil Tottey

  • I would have no hesitation in recommending him in the highest terms to any potential client.

    Tim Rogers KKA Architects

  • Leanne handled my case with sensitivity, compassion and understanding which secured an amicable outcome in challenging, emotional circumstances.

    Pamela Bell

  • Knows what he is talking about, trustworthy and honest.

    Stan Boardman