Wills, probate and trust disputes

Disputes involving Wills, the administration of estates (contentious probate) or the setting up or administration of trusts are increasingly common.

They not only involve issues of finance but can also concern personal and family relationship; because of this they can be difficult to resolve without expert professional help.

At Boyce Hatton we offer a specialist Dispute Resolution Service that deals with all aspects of this type of dispute including:

Will Disputes

  • Validity
  • Interpretation

Inheritance Claims

  • No provision under Will
  • Inadequate provision under Will

Probate and Administration of Estate Claims

  • Claims against executors including removal
  • Delay
  • Negligent administration and breach of duty


  • Claim against trustees
  • Removal or substitution of trustees
  • Disputes over trustees powers and beneficiaries’ entitlement
  • Trustees negligence and breach of duty

Disputes involving trusts and probate can also involve the professional negligence of advisors including solicitors, accountants and financial advisors

Claims relating to trusts, probate and Wills can be funded in a number of ways, including, in appropriate cases, no win no fee.

We are based in Torquay but handle claims in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Southwest England and throughout England and Wales.

The department is headed by Peter Lewis, a partner and solicitor with over 25 years experience. Peter is a member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists and is one of a small number of lawyers who holds the Society for Trust and Estate Practitioners Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes.

We offer a free initial consultation by telephone or in person. If you think you may have a probate, trust or wills claim or dispute that you would like professional help with then please telephone Boyce Hatton’s specialist disputes team on 01803 403403