Disputing a Will

Whether you have concerns about the validity of a Will, the way in which an estate/trust is being administered or you have not received what you expected to from an estate, the private client specialist within our Civil Litigation

Department will be able to assist.  Helen Townsend has obtained a specialist qualification (ACTAPS Membership) in contentious trusts and probate matters and she and her team are able to provide expert advice on the options available to assist with achieving the best resolution to matters at what can often be an emotionally difficult time. They are also able to provide detailed information on the costs involved and the different steps that can be taken to achieve the desired result.

By becoming involved at an early stage and by giving tailored advice, Lamb & Holmes can offer practical solutions to defuse conflict and avoid litigation. We aim to resolve matters by negotiation, mediation or other methods of alternative dispute resolution. When court proceedings cannot be avoided, we ensure that they are conducted in a professional, skilled and cost-effective manner.

We recognise that many cases by their very nature involve members of the same family. With our sensitive and careful approach, we aim to support the maintaining of family relationships. We will work with you to ensure that your matter is resolved in a timely manner and you are kept fully up to date on the progression of any dispute.

We can help with the following: 

  • Breach of Trust claims 
  • Contesting the terms or validity of a Will 
  • Inheritance claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
  • Estate disputes 
  • Deeds of Variation
  • Claims in relation to property
  • Professional Negligence Claims     

The members of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) specialists within our Probate Department can also assist and advise upon:

  • Court of Protection Applications (link to own page)
  • Lost Wills or Codicils

Due to certain claims being time sensitive under the Limitation Act 1980 we recommend that you contact our teams as soon as possible to discuss and issues which arise. The time limits are strict in respect of probate matters and delays can result in a claim no longer being pursuable. Therefore even if it is just to discuss the possibility of a claim then please contact our specialist so we can give initial advice as to the time limits involved.

Meet our team of legal advisors

Corby Assistants

Yimika Onadeko

Helen Townsend’s assistant

T 01536 745168
F 01536 746603
E yonadeko@lamb-holmes.co.uk

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“Excellent all round advice given was of good quality and promptly provided. I have already recommended your firm to relatives and will consider you for future legal work”.

Mr Greenwood


“Helen Townsend was very personable and helpful. She put me at my ease and explained things clearly (even if the outcome was not exactly as I had hoped)”

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“Excellent service from start to finish. I was quite nervous about the whole experience as it was all new to me but everything was made straightforward and understandable.

Helen Townsend was a pleasure to deal with and made me feel at ease with any query I might have had. I would definitely use Lamb & Holmes again if the situation arises”.

Mrs. Cross


“I have used Lamb & Holmes on a few occasions for my father's Will and my redundancy and found the service efficient, helpful and professional”

Ms Sharpe

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