A Will, Trust or Estate can be formally challenged during the probate process – a process also known as contentious probate or probate litigation. A relative or loved one may choose to challenge the Will or Estate, perhaps because there are concerns about it, or because an executor has behaved inappropriately.
Probate litigation may arise if someone is:
Questioning the validity of a Will
Claiming a share of the estate even though they have not been named as a beneficiary
Claiming a larger share of the estate because they feel they have not been provided for adequately
Wanting to remove executors or administrators
Suspicious of executors or administrators who have acted negligently or fraudulently
For help resolving a probate dispute, you need to appoint an executor, also known as an administrator to make a deal that suits all parties involved.
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1. Meet to discuss your Situation
We’ll meet with you and discuss the steps involved in administering an estate. We’ll also review the Will. If no Will exists, we’ll discuss the rights and obligations under the Succession Act.
2. Prepare the Inland Revenue Affidavit
Once the death certificate has been obtained, we’ll prepare the Inland Revenue Affidavit, which sets outs the deceased’s assets and liabilities and lists the beneficiaries.
3. Lodge Papers for the Grant in the Probate Office or District Probate Registry
When all the documents have been signed, we’ll lodge them with either the Central Probate Office in Dublin or the local District Probate Registry. We’ll deal with any queries to make sure the Grant issues on time.
4. Organise the Collection of Assets
Once the Grant issues, we’ll help you collect the assets of the Estate. For example, any monies held in bank accounts, pension payments etc. We’ll also obtain the Title Documents for any property that was owned by the deceased.
5. Distribution of Assets and Payment of Liabilities
We’ll make sure the debts of the estate and any bequests under a Will are paid. The beneficiaries are then announced and paid, and any land and/or buildings are transferred to the relevant beneficiaries.
6. Prepare the Accounts and Costs
Finally, we’ll prepare the Estate accounts to show how the assets and liabilities of the deceased were dealt with.
Gibson & Associates is one of Ireland’s leading law firms. No matter your situation, our team will use their experience to make sure that you benefit from the best possible outcome.
We put our clients at the heart of everything we do and work tirelessly to get the best results.
We treat clients and each other the way we’d like to be treated and for us “good enough” just isn’t good enough!
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When you make contact with our team, you’ll hear back from us within 3 hours or less – that’s our promise.
WE USE CLEAR, SIMPLE LANGUAGE
We don’t try to impress with “legalese” and jargon. We use clear, plain language.
WE GIVE YOU A DEDICATED POINT OF CONTACT
The person responsible for your case will never change. You’ll be assigned a dedicated point of contact who will take charge of your case from start to finish.
At Gibson & Associates, we’re clear about our processes and transparent when it comes to costs. Before progressing any case, we offer a free, no-obligation consultation with our client care team and will provide you with practical options. Integrity and transparency are core to how we work with all of our clients and means we’ll always treat your case as if it was our own.