Frequently Asked Questions

Question

Who can make a Contested Probate claim?

Answer

Many people or interested parties, can make a claim.  It will depend on your interest in the estate.  Are you a creditor for example?

Generally, we find that the most common claimants are either a spouse, civil partner,  a former spouse or partner, children (including adult children), and relatives.

 

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I’ve seen many companies on the internet, some offering similar services. Why should I choose HH Legal?

Answer

HH Legal is a firm of solicitors, authorised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, and has Professional Indemnity Insurance of several million pounds. We too have noticed a number of companies who are not solicitors offering cut-price services. The vast majority of claims in this area of law require the expertise of solicitors and Barristers, not clever marketing companies.

A marketing company will not be able to deal with your disputed probate claim, or take your claim to court.  All that these companies will be qualified to do, is take your name, ask you a few questions,  forward your details to a solicitor, and collect some of your compensation from you should you be successful.

Call HH Legal on freephone 0800 989 0090 at first instance for a free no-obligation discussion.

 

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Do You Offer A Genuine No Win No Fee Service?

Answer

Absolutely. We are open and transparent. All we ask is that you cooperate with us, not provide misleading information, and remain our client.

 

Question

Are there any time limits for contesting a Will?

Answer

This will depend on the type of claim you want to make. For claims under the Inheritance Act 1975, a claim will need to be presented no later than six months from the grant of probate. This time limit is generally very strict, but there is plenty of case law where the limit has not been strictly enforced. If you are a beneficiary making a claim against the Will, then normally the time limit is 12 years from the date of death of the person whose Will you are proposing to make a claim against.

If there is an allegation of fraud, then there is no time limit as to when you can present a claim. HH Legal offer a completely free initial assessment and will be able to advise you if your claim falls within the required time frames.

 

Question

How long will my case take, and how much will I receive?

With the exception of ‘how much will my legal bill be’, these are the two most frequently asked questions from clients.

Depending on how complex a case is, the matter could be dealt with by way of a few telephone calls, and letters, or long drawn out legal proceedings.  It is very difficult to value client’s cases, and will depend on what evidence is unearthed.

It is reasonable to say, that these types of cases as a rule, take at least 6 months to settle, and there should be an expectation that it may take longer.