If you believe a will to be invalid, or you would like to dispute the contents and distribution of assets, you will need to seek expert legal advice to ensure your claim is credible and airtight. Some people may choose to represent themselves in a civil case, but this isn’t a wise choice, especially if the opposing party has chosen to utilise the advice of a will dispute solicitor. Probate can be a complicated, difficult process, but qualified legal experts can make the process smoother.
Here at Van Eaton Solicitors in Streatham, we have years of experience in handling a wide range of probate disputes. From claims based upon the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 to accusations of invalidity, solicitors can help you navigate your claim effectively and build a credible case that ensures you receive the results you need.
They’re Fully Trained and Qualified
Solicitors go through years of training to ensure they are ready to represent anyone, no matter how big or small the case is. Civil cases are incredibly common, and the topics can vary, so you need to make sure that you conduct appropriate research to find the very best solicitors’ firm for you. Reliable solicitors will have various testimonials and a portfolio of successful cases, giving you peace of mind that their services are feasible. Acquiring the assistance of an expert will put you at ease and decrease stress at an already challenging time.
Solicitors are also regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), meaning that they abide by strict codes of conduct and will handle your case professionally.
Any Documents will be Created and Signed Legally
If you draft up an agreement between yourself and the opposing party without legal representation, it is less likely to stand up in a court of law. Some parties may choose to rely on oral or even unsigned agreements, which is a risky move and could leave either party at a significant disadvantage. By having a solicitor draft up an agreement for both parties to sign, you can rest easy, safe in the knowledge that the agreement is to a professional standard.
Solicitors could even serve as witnesses to a signed document. If you want to draft up a will and ensure that it cannot be disputed as fraud, you will need witnesses such as a solicitor present to keep these disagreements from arising.
Expert Answers to your Questions
If you choose to represent yourself in a probate dispute, you may have various questions that need answering. There’s only so much genuine knowledge that search engines like Google can provide you with, and it won’t be enough to create a case that stands. By seeking the help of a qualified solicitor, you can ask any questions you have directly to them, and you will receive an expert, honest answer.
Our will dispute solicitors here at Van Eaton will always be honest with you about your case, informing you of its credibility and whether court action is needed. We will always work to keep your case out of court wherever possible; if it cannot be avoided, we will accompany you throughout proceedings, providing expert legal advice.
A Streamlined Process
Representing yourself can be confusing. Certain aspects and documents can get muddled up, making your case less authentic and reducing your professionalism. Solicitors can have everything in order; your documentation, meetings and agendas will all be scheduled and organised accordingly, creating a streamlined process that is much easier to understand for the client, the opposing party and the solicitors themselves.
Here at Van Eaton Solicitors, we have years of experience in handling probate disputes, helping our clients receive the results they need as efficiently as possible. To find out more, or to receive a free consultation, please give us a call on 0208 769 6739. Alternatively, you can fill out our online form here.