I am a specialist estates and trusts litigator acting on a broad range of contentious issues involving individuals, families, executors, administrators and trustees. Disputes can arise during the lifetime of an individual or on death. Should a lawyer be necessary to resolve a dispute of this nature, this is when I am often instructed by one party.
More often than not, I resolve these disputes before the need to involve a Court via careful, considered negotiation and occasionally with the assistance of a mediator. In the instance that a Court is involved, my client is properly apprised of their position and the process, the risks and cost implications.
Costs are often a concern for clients who understandably do not want to write a blank cheque for fees. Before taking on any case, I ensure that the case is properly and accurately costed so that the client embarks upon litigation with open eyes. McMillan Williams offer a variety of fee structures which we are happy to discuss with a client prior to acting.
I have acted for many clients involved in Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act claims. I frequently advise on property and lifetime gifting disputes. However, many of my cases are as a consequence of a death and subsequent dispute over assets held by the estate or trust. Often this is a dispute regarding the Will or trust document or over who should be carrying out the intentions (if known) of the deceased.