Estate Administration Disputes

When someone dies then an estate needs to be “administered”. This means that estate assets need to be collected, debts need to be paid and the estate needs to be distributed to beneficiaries.

The person or people who do this duty are called “Personal Representatives” or “PR’s” for short. If the person who died left a will, then they are appointed as executors. If there was no will then they are called “administrators”.

Sometimes there are problems between executors and beneficiaries…

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Disputes About The Administration Of Estates


Disputes can arise when those close to someone who has died cannot agree on how the deceased’s estate is to be administered and, sometimes, who is to administer the estate.

  • Want to prevent potential misconduct before it happens or resolve a dispute before the estate is distributed.

  • Want to get on with the administration of an estate, but are prevented from doing so by a caveat.

  • The person who might be entitled to administer the estate is refusing to produce a Will or other relevant document.

  • The person who should administer the estate is not taking any steps to do so.

  • There are problems regarding the administration of the estate or with an executor or administrator’s conduct beneficiary.



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Our contentious probate solicitors can assist with resolving problems including:

We, can usually offer to act on a no win no fee service for Inheritance Act claims.

If you would like to discuss a matter or require some more information please contact us via phone or email to arrange a free no obligation consultation. 

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How we can help you

Our Inheritance Disputes Team can help with the following aspects:

  • You have been left out of the Will
  • Acting for a defendant in a Inheritance Disputes

  • Your entitlement under the Will is not what you expected
  • Your financial reliability on the deceased has not been taken into account
  • An informal agreement has not been honoured
  • The deceased had capacity issues at the time the Will was made
  • Beneficiary disputes
  • How to locate a Will
  • You have a belief fraud has taken place
  • Issues with the Executors of the Will

Meet Our Inheritance Disputes Team

Our team has extensive experience dealing with Contentious Probate matters.

We are sympathetic, understanding, and are here to help you every step of the way.

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Adele Whittle

Director & Head of Strategy and Development

Adele is a qualified solicitor with over 20 years experience working in the legal sector, predominantly within Litigation.

Adele joined the firm in March 2021 and is the member of the management team responsible for the firms strategy, including the growth of a number of key areas of legal practice, heading up the Housing Disrepair and Probate Teams. She also has a keen interest in technology, in particular automation, and will be working on optimising the firm’s processes.

In her spare time Adele enjoys walking the family cockapoo, watching her son play sport, travelling to new places and is obsessed with all things interiors!

Anthony Reed


Anthony completed his Legal Practice Certificate (LPC) at the College of Law in 2007. He qualified as a Solicitor in 2013 and now specialises in Contentious Probate claims.

Anthony has around 5 years experience of dealing with Contentious Probate matters Including claims for reasonable financial provision under the Inheritance (Provision For Family and Dependants) Act 1975, Challenges to the Validity of a Will, Claims against Executors for Breach of Trust, Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Devastavit.

In his spare time Anthony enjoys travelling, playing golf and bowls, and walking.

Alex Gemmell


Alex completed his law degree at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at the College of Law (Chester). He qualified as a solicitor in 2004.

Alex has specialised in litigation since qualifying running cases from initial letters of claim to Trial and subsequent appeals. He now specialises in Contentious Probate with a particular interest in claims for reasonable financial provision under the Inheritance (Provision For Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

In his spare time, Alex enjoys spending time with his family, rugby, golf, reading and travelling.

Joel Wattis

Probate Assistant

Joel graduated from Nottingham Law School in 2020, with particular emphasis on International Law during his final year. During his time at University, he also undertook Pro Bono work assisting clients in various contractual and tortious issues.

Joining the firm in May 2022, Joel originally started working on the New Business Team, dealing with all incoming claims, before transferring to Contentious Probate in January 2023.

In his role within the department, Joel is tasked with dealing with all incoming contentious probate enquiries and discussing each claim in depth with every client with utmost care and clarity, ensuring each client receives the best assistance and guidance possible.


In his spare time, Joel enjoys all things sport and fitness, and is also an avid historian.

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