Interpretation Of The Terms Of Wills | Probate Law | Irwin Mitchell

Interpreting The Terms Of Wills

When someone dies it can sometimes be difficult to understand their exact wishes. Wills are not always clear, so it is often helpful to get legal advice to make sure you understand it correctly. If you think a mistake has been made and an executor has misunderstood the Will, you should contact us to discussing contesting the Will.

Our specialist Wills disputes team has years of experience in understanding and interpreting the terms of Wills. We could help you if you are contesting a Will by challenging someone else’s interpretation. We can also help if you are an executor and someone else is challenging your interpretation of the Will. 

Expert Assistance From A Specialist Probate Team

If the meaning of a Will is not clear, it is down to the court to decide the Will’s precise meaning.

Where the words of the Will are clear, the court will usually enforce the exact wording, even if the result is not in line with what it is believed the person who has died wanted.

If the wording of the Will makes it impossible to work out the meaning, then the court will look at other factors to try and work out what was intended. The court may be able to correct the terms of a Will if there is clear evidence of the intentions of the person that died.

If you find yourself in this situation you need expert and specialist assistance, as the process can be complicated. Call us today to for a no obligation discussion with our experienced legal team. 

Watch our legal expert Kate Winslow explain what rectification means below. 

What Are The Costs Of Contesting A Will Or Defending A Claim?

First of we all provide you with a free, no obligation discussion about your case. This will help you and us to decide whether you have grounds to make a claim. If you do then one of our experienced lawyers will be assigned to your case, and will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. Our legal helpline is available 24/7 so you can always speak to someone about your case. 

We offer a range of ways to fund the claim and we will advise you about which is the best option for you. These include: 

  • ‘No win no fee’ agreements*
  • Discounted fee agreements
  • Legal expense insurance (often included with home insurance policies)

In most cases we work on a ‘no win no fee’ basis. We can also arrange insurance cover, which prevents you from having to pay the legal costs of the other party if your claim is unsuccessful. 

Advice From One Of The UK’s Leading Law Firms

Our Wills disputes specialists have helped many clients to challenge the interpretation of a Will. 

The advice we provide is clear, straightforward and professional. You can rest assured that we will always work with your best interests in mind.

We understand that this can be a distressing time and that the prospect of a court battle may be too much for you to deal with. Where possible we work with mediators to avoid going to court, which can not only reduce stress but also keep costs down and allow you settle your case more quickly.

With offices across the country, we can help you wherever you are.

Contact Our Team Today

When it comes to a matter as important as the interpretation of a Will, you need legal advice you can trust. The lawyers in our team have years of experience in Wills disputes, so you can rely on us to help you understand your rights and achieve a positive outcome. Contact us online or call us today to discuss interpreting a Will.

* Subject to entering into a ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement in conjunction with our Allianz Support4Disputes insurance policy and complying with your responsibilities under its terms.