I have an issue with a will or probate

Vardags offers a premium service for high net worth individuals who require assistance with wills or probate. If you would like to create or alter your will, need help with administering an estate (probate) or require assistance in contesting a will, Vardags can help.

We offer a free consultation to qualifying individuals. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7205 5792 or email us. Lines are staffed 24 hours.

It’s never too early or too late to take expert advice. Find out why.

I need help to write a will.

It can be daunting to think about preparing a will, but it need not be complicated. A will acts as insurance against family argument or the breakup of the personal and business assets that you have carefully built up during your life.

Why make a will?

Without a will the intestacy rules apply, which means that blood relatives who you may not have intended to inherit from your estate could benefit from it, even if you are married.

You can also ensure that people you trust look after your affairs after your death, including guardians if you have children or dependents under the age of 18.

By clearly recording your wishes you can avoid expensive litigation and ensure that you do not pay tax unnecessarily.

You can also leave gifts to your partner, step children, friends, and charities and set up trusts to protect the people you love, whether they are your spouse, young children, or disabled or elderly relatives.

How Vardags can help with making a will

Under English law a will must be in writing and signed by the person creating the will in front of two witnesses, all present at the same time. There must be no doubt as to what your intentions are, so the will must be very carefully drafted to ensure that it will be valid and stand up to any claims.

Vardags can advise what should and should not be included to reflect your individual circumstances. We can also act as Executors if required.

Even if you already have a will it is worth reviewing it to make sure it still reflects your wishes and current legislation.

The first step is to arrange a meeting with one of our solicitors.

We offer a free consultation to qualifying individuals. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7205 5792 or email us. Lines are staffed 24 hours.

It’s never too early or too late to take expert advice. Find out why.

I need help with administering an estate (probate).

Vardags’ private client team has many years’ expertise in managing probate in an efficient and cost effective manner to ensure that administration of the estate in question is carried out as effectively and as quickly as possible.

In addition, should the circumstances arise, we have vast experience of undertaking urgent applications, for example, to sell assets.

Should any disputes arise either with the tax authorities or between beneficiaries in relation to the payment of tax, legal advice should be taken at the earliest possible opportunity in such matters, as delays in making tax payments can result in penalties being imposed on an estate.

Vardags are equally as skilled when dealing with the implementation of a will. On occasion, when a will is made public, it can contain some surprises for those who believe they should receive a bequest, but for whatever reason have been left out of a will, or perhaps have received much less than they anticipated.

Vardags can assist either the person wishing to bring a claim or the personal representatives of the deceased in defending a claim. This includes advising on the steps to take before going to court, and how you follow the correct protocol to maximise the chance of success and negate any possibility of cost penalties.

We offer a free consultation to qualifying individuals. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7205 5792 or email us. Lines are staffed 24 hours.

It’s never too early or too late to take expert advice. Find out why.

I am the beneficiary or executor of a will and someone is challenging it.

All estates must go through the process of probate, which is overseen by the Probate Court. It is this court which ultimately decides if the deceased’s will should be given legal effect. Unfortunately, disputes can arise when dealing with the deceased’s personal possessions.

Vardags can assist the personal representatives of the deceased in defending a claim. This includes advising on the steps to take before going to court and how you follow the correct protocol to maximise the chance of success and negate any possibility of cost penalties.

Of course, each case is unique, with different facts and circumstances to consider, but Vardags will guide you through the best strategy to protect the deceased’s estate.

We offer a free consultation to qualifying individuals. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7205 5792 or email us. Lines are staffed 24 hours.

It’s never too early or too late to take expert advice. Find out why.

I want to challenge the terms of an unfair will.

If you were a beneficiary under a previous will that has been changed unexpectedly without the knowledge and approval of the deceased, you may have a claim.

If you believe that someone exerted undue influence, whether this is physical or psychological, on the deceased to sign their last will, whether you are a relative or carer, you can question the validity of the will.

You do not need to be a relative of the deceased to contest a will. If you were dependent of the deceased then you may also have a claim under the Inheritance Act if you believe they did not make reasonable provision for you.

Of course, each case is unique, with different facts and circumstances to consider, but Vardags will guide you through the best strategy to make a claim against the deceased’s estate. If you do wish to contest a will you need to act quickly, and it is important to note that you do not need to wait for the grant of probate to start a claim. As such, the time limit for contesting a will is six months after the grant of probate or Letters of Administration.

If you are considering contesting a will or probate, it is imperative that you speak to a member of our Private Client team so that they may offer you legal advice as soon as possible.

We offer a free consultation to qualifying individuals. Please call our confidential enquiry line on 020 7205 5792 or email us. Lines are staffed 24 hours.

It’s never too early or too late to take expert advice. Find out why.

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*Free consultation for qualifying individuals. We do not undertake legal aid work but there are often other ways to fund your case. We do not act on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis in civil disputes.

Call Vardags London: 020 7205 5792

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