Trust, will and estate disputes

Expert guidance and support from our trust, will and estate disputes solicitors

Understanding trust, will and estate disputes

We understand these disputes are personal. An understanding of relationships within the family is often key to their resolution.

We always try to resolve matters without recourse to litigation, aiming to reach pragmatic and cost effective solutions if at all possible.

Where necessary however we are experienced in the full litigation process, working closely with our colleagues in our Private Client and other teams to ensure we give a thorough holistic service.

How our trust, will and estate disputes solicitors can help you

Providing expert legal support for family and inherited wealth disputes

Our lawyers deal with family and inherited wealth disputes. Multi-jurisdictional families and estates, blended family structures and evolving family dynamics and succession issues are just some of the areas that we can lend support on.

The team advises in all areas of trust and estate litigation. We have an established reputation in the ‘bread and butter’ areas of practice, such as Inheritance Act claims, will challenges and administration disputes but frequently handle high-value, high stakes, complex litigation, often in conjunction with our Family Office partners who provide cross-practice expertise in dealing with HNW and UHNW family dynamics.

Family inherited wealth disputes

Family and inherited wealth disputes

Multi-jurisdictional families and estates, blended family structures and evolving family dynamics and succession issues are just some of the circumstances...

They combine top-notch technical lawyering skills with an ability to relate fully to their clients, in a field where effective advice often goes beyond black letter law.
Legal 500 (2024)

Our approach

Providing expert cross-border legal Services

We are increasingly instructed for our cross-border and international work. This involves issues of foreign assets, domicile, residence, applicable law and the often conflicting interaction of civil and common law jurisdictions.

Our independent trust company (Russell-Cooke Trust Company) means that we are also well placed to offer executor and trustee services in complicated and often contentious administrations.

We also have considerable experience in relation to capacity cases, including disputes concerning Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) and Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPAs) and applications to the Court of Protection.

Capacity and court of protection disputes

Capacity and Court of Protection disputes

We have a wealth of experience in dealing with capacity cases, including disputes in relation to lasting powers of attorney (LPAs), enduring powers of attorney (EPAs), deputyships, statutory wills...

Family Office service

About our Family Office services

Russell-Cooke’s Family Office offer clear, practical advice on anything from wills and pre-nuptial agreements to business and property portfolios via philanthropic aims and reputational issues.

Find out how Russell-Cooke’s Family Office provide families with seamless access to the specialist advice they need and when they need it.

Generation Game Office Service

Family Office service

Find out how we can help individuals and families make informed decisions about their future planning and navigate the difficult conversations that might otherwise lead to conflict.

Get in touch

If you would like to speak with a member of the team you can contact our trusts wills estate disputes solicitors by email, by telephone on +44 (0)20 3826 7530 or complete our enquiry form.

They are a first-rate firm and one of the leading contentious private client and contentious trust practices out there.
Chambers UK (2023)

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The latest news and insights from our trusts wills estate disputes team



Sound advice—BBC Radio Surrey

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After 2007—the end of Enduring Powers of Attorney?

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Russell-Cooke grows contentious trusts and estates team in central London

Law firm Russell-Cooke announces appointment of partner Sarah Arnold in the trusts estate disputes team in its central London office. 
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