As family arrangements become increasingly complex, particularly in later life, so are the ways we own and inherit properties. These complexities often lead to disputes, especially when family homes are involved.

Co-owned properties and properties held in trust are two common sources of disagreement. We may be able to help if:

  • You’ve inherited an interest in a property and disagree with the co-owner(s) about what to do with it
  • You expected to inherit an interest in a property but didn’t receive it
  • You disagree with the trustees or beneficiaries about how to use a property held in trust
  • You’re unable to occupy or receive income from a property you have an interest in
  • A property has fallen into disrepair and lost value
  • Your lifetime entitlement to occupy a jointly-owned property is under threat
  • You’ve incurred cost and expense to renovate or change a jointly-owned property.

Our Will, Trust & Estate Disputes solicitors are very experienced in these types of claim and will work hard to resolve them quickly and cost effectively. As part of one of the UK’s top-rated Private Client teams, we call on the expertise of a wide range of specialists, such as property and tax experts, to ensure the best possible outcome for you.

We’re based in offices around the country and also have extensive experience with international disputes, so wherever you or properties may be, we’re here to help.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind Of Disputes Can Arise About Co-Owned Properties?

The most common form of property co-ownership is home ownership between partners or spouses. Disputes can arise if one of the partners dies and leaves their share in the property to someone else.

These situations are most fraught when involving partners and children from different relationships. Disputes might happen if:

  • The deceased’s children want to sell the property but the deceased’s partner or spouse wants to keep living there
  • The deceased promised their share in the property to their partner or spouse but this promise isn’t in a Will
  • The deceased failed to make sufficient financial provisions for their spouse in their Will, but the spouse can make a claim for a share of the estate through the Inheritance Act.

If you're dealing with a property dispute of this kind, we can help. Call today on 0345 604 4895 or fill out our online contact form and we’ll call you back.

What Kind Of Disputes Can Arise About Property Trusts?

Disputes can arise in a variety of situations when properties are put into a trust, such as if:

  • Only a share of the property is included in the settlement
  • A third party claims an interest in the property held in trust
  • The trustees and beneficiaries disagree over how to use the property
  • A beneficiary can’t occupy the property or receive the income it generates
  • The trustees makes unfair decisions about who can occupy the property
  • The property falls into disrepair and loses value.

Read more about how we can help with trust disputes.

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