Inheritance Disputes

If you’re involved in an inheritance dispute our solicitors will help you find a fair resolution

Our specialist team are here to help resolve your dispute

A legal expert on your side

Disputes regarding family and inherited wealth are becoming more and more common. Our solicitors are well experienced in dealing with a wide variety of disputes relating to Wills, Estates, Trusts and Court of Protection issues. If you’re in need of legal advice with regard to an inheritance dispute, or if you believe you have reason to dispute any aspect of an inheritance, our expert dispute team are here for you.

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The Goughs approach to inheritance disputes

At Goughs, we understand that disputes of this nature will often involve disputes within the family and so can be particularly difficult so need to be handled with sensitivity.

Our team of highly experienced solicitors will provide sensible and pragmatic advice to you, with an aim to resolve disputes quickly and cost effectively.

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with Goughs?

Local since 1882, with an excellent reputation

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Largest solicitors in Wiltshire

Seven offices throughout the county

Nationally accredited law firm

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Popular questions
about inheritance disputes

It may be the Will has been written in a way that is legally invalid. However, even if a Will is valid and legally accurate, there are still some circumstances under which disputes can occur, particularly in cases where the family situation is complex. 

At Goughs we can help with the following:

  • Contesting the validity of a Will
  • Claims on estates where there is no Will 
  • Representing those who have been left out of a Will
  • Addressing mistakes made in Wills, or handling cases where a Will has been lost or destroyed
  • Handling claims that promises were not honoured in a Will
  • Court of protection disputes
  • Solving disputes between executors or trustees
  • Investigating attorneys or deputies who are abusing their positions

If you think you have an inheritance claim or grounds to contest a Will, it is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible. Contact our solicitors today.

All inheritance disputes need to be handled with sensitivity. At Goughs, we can help you to resolve matters as quickly and cost effectively as possible with a strategic and pragmatic plan.

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Lucy Fleming

Super helpful, always on hand when I need them. I would highly recommend Goughs they are my only go to for any legal assistance. In particular a big thank you to Rebecca Dennis who takes the pinch out of any employment queries. 5 * Service

Sally Summerscale

Her advice is worth its weight in gold!

I have been working with Rebecca Dennis at Goughs for well over a year now on a range of employment law issues as they arise. Aside from her making herself available to me at the drop of a hat, her advice is irritatingly sensible and worth its weight in gold!


Wayne Doman

Professional, helpful & knowledgeable service

"Professional, helpful & knowledgeable service. Giving very clear advice in a way I could understand. Thank you."


Georgina Catlin

beneficial and fair to all

I would like to Georgina for your help, advice and professionalism over the last year or so. From a personal viewpoint, your clear and level headed approach certainly helped keep my feet firmly planted on the ground, it's greatly appreciated. I feel that your recommendation regarding Counsel was also spot on and certainly helped secure an outcome that was beneficial and fair to all.


Eleanor Wood

credit to your company

I think it’s now been close to 3 years Ellie has been working on my behalf in what I imagine even she would say has been an incredibly challenging divorce. Ellie has managed to secure me a fair split of the marital home and most importantly get my ex to take responsibility for a loan that she was refusing to pay her part of, this was a huge victory as far as I am concerned.  Ellie has been professional and calm throughout despite the many frustrations and me finding things incredibly stressful she has always been there the voice of reason. She is absolutely a credit to your company and I will recommend her highly.


Joanne B

A huge thank you to the team at the Trowbridge branch today. You went above any beyond to help me get documents certified urgently, even though I'm not a client of yours. Friendly, helpful and professional.

Our inheritance dispute specialists

Maxine Coles

Associate Chartered Legal Executive

Maxine specialises in Private Client work, with much of her work being in elderly client care. She has a natural empathy towards clients in what can often be distressing situations.

Samantha Pettersen


Samantha joined Goughs as a Solicitor in 2020. Samantha has been practicing in Private Client law since 2018, and loves the personal interaction with clients and being able to help them with difficult personal and emotional circumstances.

Annie James


Annie qualified as a Private Client solicitor in 2016 and joined Goughs in February 2020. She specialises in the preparation of Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, preparation and administration of Trusts, and the administration of Estates. Annie prides herself on taking the time to really understand the needs and priorities of her clients.

Rochelle Graham


Rochelle qualified as a Private Client solicitor in September 2019 after gaining valuable experience in the Private Client team. She is now a year qualified and continues to develop and further her knowledge of Private client work.

Luchia Hirst

Associate Solicitor

Luchia has been practicing Private Client law for close to 8 years, and really enjoys the client contact and hands-on nature of this area of practice.

Dawn Moir

Partner (TEP)

Dawn joined in 2003 and became a partner in 2004. Whilst Dawn supports her team with all aspects of estate planning and estate administration, her particular areas of expertise are later life planning & support, and trust creation & administration, including all things tax.

Phillip Bolton

Partner & Head of Private Wealth

Phillip is a Partner and Head of the Private Wealth Team at the firm. His practice encompasses all aspects of private client work, with a particular interest in complex Wills, wealth preservation, tax mitigation, and estate planning.

Emma Taylor

Partner & Head of Private Client

Emma began her life at Goughs in 2008 as a Solicitor. Now, with over 15 years of experience, she is a Partner and Head of the Private Client Department. Emma deals with all areas of Private Client work but has a particular interest in Trusts and Complex Property Ownership.

Trish Watkins

Senior Associate (CILEx)

As a Private Client lawyer, Trish always had a strong empathy for the elderly and vulnerable and prides herself in being able to engage with them and support them through what can be very difficult times.

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