Going to law is never a cheap option and research indicates that many people miss out on justice simply because they cannot afford the legal fees.
We have therefore developed a range of funding options for contested will cases, the most popular of which is No Win-No Fee.
Not all contested will cases are suitable for No Win-No Fee funding, especially at the outset when the supporting evidence has not yet been gathered. Like any business we have to take a commercial view. We can only take cases on under a No Win-No Fee agreement where there is sufficient evidence available to support the case case and the prospects of success are good.
At the beginning of a contested will claim there can often be too many unknown factors to enable us to offer No Win- No Fee, but we are always happy to review the case and give a view.
Sometimes further investigations will need to be carried out before we are able to make a decision. These investigations can be funded on an initial limited fee basis, where we work to a set budget. We are always prepared to reassess a contested will case as the evidence develops and reconsider its suitability for No Win-No Fee funding going forward.
If we decide to take a contested will case on under a No Win-No Fee agreement then, if you win, we will charge a success fee, which is an uplift on the base legal costs.
If the case is lost then we will not charge for the time we have spent on your case.
We can also deal with contested wills under a Damages-Based Agreement, or DBA.
We always endeavour to recover your legal fees, expenses and disbursements from your opponent or the estate.
Where you are paying privately we can advise you on taking out Legal Expenses Insurance to cover any potential liability for your opponents legal fees.
If you are contesting a will and would like us to review your funding options then send us an email with details of your case or give us a call on 0808 1391596.