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Pre-Death Agreements

Proprietary Estoppel Solicitors

Our lawyers can help you make a claim if you’ve lost out after relying on a promised inheritance that wasn’t included in someone’s Will.

Sometimes people make decisions based on what they expect to inherit. For example, you might turn down career opportunities to work on a family farm if your parents promised that you’d inherit it.

Proprietary Estoppel is a legal concept that can enforce a promise of property ownership if you have already made related decisions that have left you worse off. This is usually, but not always, in a financial sense.

You may be able to make a Proprietary Estoppel claim if, for example:

  • You spent time and money renovating a property that someone promised you would receive
  • You worked on a farm or in a business for a reduced wage because you were led to understand you would inherit all or part of it
  • You gave up work to care for someone who promised you a share of their property in return.

We have a significant amount of experience helping clients in this particular area of law and are skilled at getting the evidence you need to make a claim. We can also help you if you are defending a proprietary estoppel claim.

As part of one of the country’s leading Will, Trust & Estate Disputes team, we have experience with a wide range of property law issues, including rural estates, heritage properties, and investment portfolios. Whatever type of property you were promised, we can help.

Call today on 0345 604 4895 to speak to one of the team – or fill out our online form and we’ll call you back.

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    • Will I Have To Go To Court?
    • Most disputes are resolved through alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation, without going to court.

      Mediation is usually a quick process and often only takes a single day. A neutral third party mediator will help you, the executor and any other beneficiaries to decide on a settlement that is acceptable for everyone.

      While we’ll always try our best to resolve every dispute this way, it isn’t always possible, and sometimes going to court is the only way to get our clients the result they deserve.

      If this is the case you can be assured that we are skilled and experienced litigators and will support you through every stage of the process.

    • How Long Will My Proprietary Estoppel Claim Take?
    • Most claims take less than a year and don’t have to go to court. However, every case is different and time spans depend on the type of dispute and your individual situation.

      Some disputes can be resolved quickly and amicably in a matter of months, but others might take years to conclude and involve going to court several times.

      We’ll advise you at the start how long we think it will take. Whatever the situation, we always aim to resolve your dispute as quickly and efficiently as possible. We understand that this is a difficult time, and we’re here to help you through.

    • How Much Does It Cost? Who Pays?
    • The cost of a Proprietary Estoppel claim varies from case to case, depending on time, complexity, and whether or not you have to go to court.

      A dispute can be settled at any time if the parties can come to an agreement, and they can then decide how to split the costs between them. However, if an agreement can’t be reached and the case has to go to court, the court will decide how the costs will be paid.

    • How Can I Cover The Cost Of My Claim?
    • There are various ways you can cover the cost of your claim, depending on your case. These include:

      • Legal Expenses Insurance – your household or car insurance policy may include cover to help with legal expenses
      • Conditional Fee Agreement (‘No Win No Fee’)
      • Payment on conclusion
      • Private monthly billing.

      We understand that funds and assets may be tied up in the disputed estate, and we’ll be as flexible as possible to ensure that’s not another worry on your mind. We’ll discuss the different payment options with you at the start.

      Your first consultation with us is completely free, and there’s no obligation to continue.

    • Meet The Team
    • Our Wills, Trusts and Estate Disputes team is the largest in the UK and we have offices across the country. We are experienced in managing high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth claims as well as less complex ones.

      We’ve resolved some of the country’s most high profile disputes and are particularly experienced with the unique challenges of multi-jurisdictional wealth management structures, rural property and inheritance tax.

      We are recommended by the leading legal guides and pride ourselves on the strong relationship we build with our clients in what is often a very trying time.

      Meet the team

My legal team has held my hand throughout, they have been incredibly patient and understanding"

Joy Williams, client

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