Contentious trusts and estates

Matters relating to trusts and probate can become contentious and, when that happens, clients need to know that they will be represented by a team of experienced litigators who have extensive knowledge of both trusts and wills.

Our multidisciplinary team means that clients can be confident that their matter will be considered from different perspectives and dealt with as cost-effectively as possible by lawyers with expertise relevant to their dispute.

We take an intelligent and creative approach to legal disputes and are often able to achieve a result for our clients without the need for recourse to the courts.  Where court proceedings are necessary our  experience means that we are able to handle the process for clients with minimum disruption to their lives.

We regularly advise trust companies in the UK and offshore on complex cross-border issues relating to succession and tax planning as well as a wide variety of disputes arising in a trust context. Our knowledge of the global trust industry means that we are also often instructed in asset tracing cases and anti-trust litigation by settlors, trustees and beneficiaries.

Forsters regularly deals with all types of probate disputes, including will validity challenges, forgery disputes and bringing and defending challenges under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, which allows claimants to apply to the Court for provision out of a deceased's estate if reasonable provision has not been made for them. In addition, we have successfully acted on a wide range of Court of Protection applications.

Forsters' Contentious Trusts and Probate practice is ranked as top tier in the Legal 500 UK 2020.

Forsters' Private Client practice is top ranked in the latest edition of The Chambers HNW Guide.

Forsters win the 2019 STEP Private Client Award for Contentious Trusts and Estates Team of the Year (Midsize firm)

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"Clients get a bespoke service that is all-encompassing. They can deal with the children matters as well as the finances. They don't seem to get flustered by things. They're a good team and clients are going to feel assured straight away that they're a team of professionals who know their stuff." 
Chambers UK 2018