Contentious probate and inheritance claims

The issues surrounding a persons property and financial affairs later in life and in death have never been more complex.  Making Wills, the Administration of Estates and Trusts, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Deputyship can involve significant decisions which impact on the wellbeing of a client and his or her family and beneficiaries.

Trethowans’ litigation solicitors can advise in all situations and clients include individuals, beneficiaries, executors, estates, trustees, attorneys and charities. In particular they can advise on:-

• Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) 1975 Act
• Disputed Wills
• Statutory Wills
• Issues involving mental capacity and undue influence.
• Probate actions
• Caveats, warnings and citations
• Removal of executors and trustees
• Proper administration of estates and trusts
• Scrutiny of executors’ and trustees‘ decisions
• Tracing of estate and trust assets
• Challenging Attorney’s appointments and actions (Enduring and Lasting Powers of Attorney)
• Challenging Deputy’s appointment and actions
• Proprietary estoppel claims
• Constructive trusts and resulting trusts

The contentious probate team is headed by a partner Andrew Carswell who has 20 years post qualification experience and is a member ACTAPS (Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists).   Andrew works for clients throughout the region including Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire and will see clients at any convenient location.   His has experience in all areas and has conducted many successful cases in the County Court and the Chancery Division of the High Court.

Ian Singleton is a partner in the team of litigation lawyers. Ian brings vast experience of all forms of civil litigation including contentious probate work and has 30 years of post qualification experience.  His appointment as a Assistant Coroner for Wiltshire gives Ian a unique prospective on the issues arising from a person’s death which helps him with this area of work.

The team can be flexible in respect of funding arrangements and will discuss whether claims can be funded under a conditional fee agreement.

Meet the team


Andrew Carswell
Partner & Head of Commercial Litigation Team Poole
Commercial Litigation
01202 339044
0779 381 6845
Commercial Litigation
Ian Singleton
Commercial Litigation
01722 426929
07881 343 965
Commercial Litigation