Inheritance disputes can unfortunately arise where farming and agricultural assets and businesses are involved. Broken promises; family feuds; a lack of succession planning; complex business structures; there are so many reasons why a dispute might arise over a farm after the death of a family member.

It is completely understandable to feel angry and upset about the situation, whether you are the person raising the dispute or the person defending it. When family and business is so likely to be intertwined, emotions can quickly spiral out of control and, with them, the costs of lengthy litigation.

At Debenhams Ottaway, our inheritance dispute solicitors can assist dealing with matters involving farms, rural estates and agricultural businesses. We understand the family dynamics that are often at play during these disputes as well having the legal expertise to handle the complex issues involved, such as trusts, multi-levelled business structures and tax considerations.

We aim to help individuals resolve these disputes as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. Our team has a range of specialist memberships and qualifications, including the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS), and we are independently recognised by prestigious client guide, Chambers and Partners, for our Private Wealth Law expertise.

Get in touch with our farming inheritance dispute solicitors in St Albans and Radlett

If you need advice about a farming inheritance dispute from a trusted local solicitor, please contact us today. We have local offices in St Albans and Radlett and we regularly serve individuals from across the wider Hertfordshire area and London.

How our farming inheritance dispute solicitors can help

We have a wide range of specialist expertise and can help with any type of farm inheritance dispute, including:

  • Disputes over the validity of a Will, such as allegations of fraud, undue influence or the capacity of the testator (person making his/her Will) at the time they made the Will
  • Intestacy issues where someone died without leaving a valid Will
  • Broken promises, for example, if you have dedicated years of your life to working on the farm upon the understanding it will one day be yours only for it to be left to someone else
  • Disputes about trusts and between trustees or the beneficiaries
  • Estate administration disputes, such as allegations that the executors have not correctly distributed the inheritance
  • Inheritance Act claims for ‘reasonable financial provision’, for example, if you have been left out a Will or not left as much as you need
  • Challenging or defending lifetime gifts (the gifting of farm assets before a person died)
  • Disputes about insolvent estates (unable to fully repay its liabilities)
  • Any other type of inheritance dispute involving agricultural or rural estates

Our farming inheritance dispute expertise

We are proud to offer the highest level of customer care to individuals going through farming inheritance disputes. We are efficient, responsive, and always available to answer any concerns or queries you may have as your matter progresses.

We ensure that every single client receives a personalised service tailored to suit their individual needs. At the beginning of your matter, you will be assigned a personal lawyer who will take the time to get to know you and what you want to achieve. Although others may work on your matter from time to time, your personal lawyer will always be responsible for progressing your case and ensuring your needs are met.

Our private client team is top ranked by prestigious independent client guide, Chambers and Partners, for our expertise in all matters relating to Wills, trusts, inheritance and estate administration work.

Our team includes industry specialists , including Michael Henry who is a fully qualified member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) and recognised by Chambers and Partners as being a ‘notable practitioner’ for his ‘exceptional’ and ‘diligent’ service.

We also have a range of other related accreditations and professional memberships including:

Get in touch with our farming inheritance dispute solicitors in St Albans and Radlett

If you need advice about a farming inheritance dispute from a trusted local solicitor, please contact us today. We have local offices in St Albans and Radlett and we regularly serve individuals from across the wider Hertfordshire area and London.