Where do you turn if you have been bereaved and find that the Will comes as a shock to your expectations?
Has there been a mistake? Do you feel that the deceased was pressurised into changing their Will? Or did they not really understand what they were signing?
What do you do if you are a beneficiary of a trust, or have been promised a legacy under an estate, but nothing is happening? What if you are being kept in the dark, or feel that trust money is being mismanaged?
We tell you at the outset whether your case is worth pursuing and if the law will support you before you start something that you cannot finish. We then investigate a constructive resolution. In many cases a successful outcome can be achieved at an early stage.
We litigate only when there is no alternative, but when that is the case we quickly and efficiently handle the proceedings, always mindful of the opportunity to seek a negotiated agreement, although acting robustly if and when required.
This is an area of the law where you really need an experienced lawyer who will get straight to the real issues at stake with the minimum wastage of both time and cost. The team consists of Ben Fox and Kate Chandler, who are both full members of the Association of Contentious Trust & Probate Specialists (ACTAPS), and Rob Adam who holds the STEP Advanced Certificate in Trusts Disputes.
The 2019 edition of The Legal 500 listed Greene & Greene as a Band 1 team within the region, singling it out for
‘clear and concise’ advice and highlighting that ‘The level of service is first-rate’. Client feedback to the guide stated that ‘the lawyers have a very thorough knowledge of litigation’ and that the firm has ‘a standout East Anglian practice capable of carrying the fight to the best known London firms and winning’. The ‘professional and diligent’ Ben Fox was commended as a “Next Generation” lawyer and referring to him as a “rising star” who exhibits ‘great attention to detail and is well organised, concerned for clients’ welfare and shows considerable perseverance’. ‘His strongest point is his determination to obtain an acceptable and satisfactory outcome for his client; he does not run out of steam’, remarks one client.
The team also works closely with our non-contentious Probate Department, who have deep experience and expertise on the preparation of Wills and the administration of estates.