Trust and will disputes can be stressful and upsetting. Let us ease those sleepless nights by helping you resolve the situation.
Who Do Pitmans’ Trust Dispute Lawyers Work For?
Trustees and beneficiaries of lifetime Trusts and Wills may fall into dispute because the intentions of the person who set up the Trust or Will are not clear, or beneficiaries think they are being treated unfairly. Trustees may stand accused of wasting Trust assets through poor investment, or acting “in breach of trust”.
Since Wills were made, family circumstances, asset values, or tax rules may change, so that legacies seem unfair. Disputes often occur when charities are beneficiaries and have conflicting claims against family members.
The law recognises the right of a surviving spouse and children who were financially dependent on the deceased to claim a share of an estate if the Will has not provided for them adequately. This may also apply in the case of a divorced spouse.
There are also many disputes over the validity of Wills – was a home-made Will signed correctly? Did a Will made in Spain inadvertently revoke an English Will?
These are a few examples of disputes on which we advise beneficiaries or Trustees. Let us analyse the problem as we see it, and if we cannot find a practical solution, refer you to our expert Dispute Resolution Team.
Do Pitmans’ Trust Dispute Lawyers Have Any Particular Areas of Expertise?
William Richmond-Coggan originally qualified as a barrister. We believe we are the only Reading firm to boast the dedicated expertise of a Solicitor Advocate with higher rights of audience up to the Court of Appeal, who specialises in trust and probate disputes, including those with an international element.
Our Reading based Consultant David Ainslie qualified as a solicitor in 1973 and also has 19 years experience in Financial Services with responsibility for a professional Trust Company. He has very broad practical experience of Trusts holding stock market investments, agricultural land, shares in family companies, family heirlooms, insurance policies, pensions, commercial and residential property, and other assets.
David has run training courses for charity trustees, solicitors and investment managers on Trustee Act 2000 and the investment duties of charity trustees in particular. He has personally been a trustee of charities, and family Trusts, as well as executor of estates, where disputes have arisen but been resolved without litigation.
In a nutshell, we have a remarkable range of experience at your disposal, and a wide range of specialist experts we can contact if needed.
Why Choose Pitmans’ Trust Dispute Lawyers?
Pitmans and its predecessor firms have been around in Reading for over 150 years. We became established in London in 2008. Our business has expanded from traditional private client work (Wills, trusts, probate, conveyancing, matrimonial and other disputes), into an impressive range of commercial fields, both UK and international, including international Trusts and Estates.
Whether you think you may have a claim against the estate of a deceased relative, are at loggerheads with Trustees of a family or charitable Trust, or are yourself an Attorney, Executor or Trustee with complaints being made against you, please get in touch.
We are happy to talk by phone or at an initial meeting, free of charge, to assess your case and see how we can help.