Under the Direct Public Access scheme we can provide you with expert help and advice where there is a dispute involving probate and inheritance or involving the Court of Protection. We will appear on behalf of Applicants, Respondents or third parties. Such cases might involve questions over the content or validity of a Will, or circumstances where the deceased left no valid Will (intestacy).
Our Barristers deal with all types of probate claims, whether contentious or non-contentious. We can also advise and support you when making applications to the court to deal with personal representatives and the administration of estates and applications under the 1975 Act for financial provision. We advise and represent executors and estates as well as beneficiaries or interested parties in contested inheritance cases.
Court of Protection
Several members of Becket Chambers also have experience in dealing with Court of Protection cases. This is where the Court has jurisdiction in matters relating to the property, affairs and personal welfare of persons who lack capacity within the meaning of the Mental Capacity Act 2005. These cases can be particularly distressing or contentious, and often intensely personal for those involved. Our barristers pride themselves their supportive approach to helping their clients to resolve their issues.
Undue influence and vulnerable persons
We have barristers with special interest and experience of claims to set aside Wills for undue influence and lack of testamentary capacity.
Our clients also benefit from our specialist experience in cases involving applications for declarations and orders in respect of vulnerable persons.
Becket Chambers barristers have experience of:
- Cases of undue influence and fraud
- Claims for removal or Executors and Trustees, and for breaches of their duties
- Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
- Challenges to construction of Wills and Trusts
- Constructive trusts and proprietary estoppel
- Disputes over the validity of Wills
- Issues of testamentary capacity.