Fixed Fee Investigations - Contesting a will on a budget

It is not always obvious at the outset of a contested will dispute whether the claim is likely to have sufficient merit to justify it being pursued all the way.

Most contested will claims are won or lost on the strength of the legal evidence that is available. It often takes time to piece the evidence together. For instance, we regularly ask the solicitor who prepared the will to release the original will file and provide a Lark v Nugus statement. Where testamentary capacity is in issue, we will need to obtain the deceased’s medical records or obtain documents from a nursing home or residential home. Contested will claims often benefit from witness statements being taken from people who came into contact with the deceased at around the time the will was executed.

People on a tight budget are understandably wary about incurring unlimited legal costs and solicitors fees. Therefore, to avoid an open ended liability for solicitors costs, we offer clients the option of setting an initial fee limit. This enables them to budget for the claim and we will undertake as much investigatory work as we can. Once the limit has been reached we will report back and an informed decision can then be taken as to whether further costs should be incurred. We can also reconsider at that stage whether the case will be suitable for funding on a No Win-No Fee basis.

Our fixed fee option for contesting a will starts at as little as £500 plus VAT and disbursements. The scheme is entirely flexible and we can customise it to suit your particular needs.

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