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Wills and Probate Case Negligence Claims

Duncan Lewis Professional Negligence Solicitors – Wills and Probate Case Negligence Claims


Wills and probate is an area of law which requires certain procedures to be completed in a timely manner – as well as providing families with expert advice on the financial aspects of drawing up a will and executing it.


For bereaved families, any disputes with professionals at such an emotional time can cause real heartache – and even result in family disputes.


Failings on the part of a solicitor who is negligent in a wills and probate case can also resulting financial hardship for families.


Wills and probate case negligence claims may involve a solicitor who missed a deadline – or a solicitor who gave wrong advice, including:

  • Delays in applying for probate
  • Errors in drafting wills or trusts
  • Negligence in contested wills
  • Poor or wrong probate advice
  • Tax advice that turned out to be wrong or not in the best interests of a client.


Lifelong disputes within families can result if a solicitor is negligent in a matter relating to wills and probate – and it is vital to obtain expert help if a problem with a will or a family trust occurs.


Duncan Lewis professional negligence solicitors are one of the UK’s leading firms of claims solicitors – and can draw on the expertise of its own family law department which offers specialist knowledge of wills and probate, including family trusts.


Duncan Lewis also advises on wills and probate under UK law and Islamic law and can advise on claims relating to Islamic wills and succession planning, including examining whether a will made under Sharia Law is consistent with UK civil law.


Making Professional Negligence Claims


Clients who suffer financial loss or other loss as a result of a solicitor who is negligent should first make a complaint through the solicitor’s own complaints procedure.


The Legal Ombudsman can also adjudicate in cases where a solicitor is negligent in a matter relating to wills and probate but any compensation awarded may be modest.


Clients considering suing a solicitor for professional negligence have six years from the date of the event constituting negligence – or three years from the date they first realised negligence had occurred – in which to make a claim.


Funding a Professional Negligence Claim for Wills and Probate Cases


Duncan Lewis understands that suing a solicitor can be a daunting prospect, especially after incurring further losses following bereavement.


Duncan Lewis professional negligence solicitors take a tough stance in making a claim against a negligent solicitor who has let a client down as a result of wills and probate negligence – and will press for maximum damages.


Duncan Lewis lawyers offer clients a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) to fund professional negligence claims involving wills and probate.


Duncan Lewis also offers a fixed fee to cover the costs of the initial client meeting and case assessment – so our professional negligence clients know from the outset how much they will have to pay.


If a solicitor handling a wills and probate case has provided a negligent service that resulted in loss, call Duncan Lewis Professional Negligence Solicitors for more information about making a compensation claim on 020 7923 4020.

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