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Caroline Cowley, Senior Associate, Disputed Wills, Trusts and Estates

Dispute Resolution

Direct Dial: 01242 246 410
Mobile: 07786 284 119

A bit about me

Contentious probate deals with disputes arising when someone is already dealing with all the emotions surrounding bereavement and loss. As a result, my advice is always both empathetic and pragmatic. Each client is different but the common factor is my focus on helping them to resolve a problem which has arisen at a very difficult time.

I work with a range of clients, including charities who have been left legacies in wills; if those legacies are challenged, the charities have a duty to their trustees to defend the claim and to maximise the legacy to them. Executors of estates come to me for help, as do beneficiaries – anyone involved in the administration of someone’s estate in which problems and disagreements develop.

Outside work, I love singing and acting, as well as running.

I’m a full Member of the Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS).

Want to know more?

Make a will and share your testamentary wishes with your family so they know what’s coming when you die

Do not pursue litigation blindly as a ‘matter of principle’. It is a costly way to resolve a dispute and it is important to take a balanced approach.

Be open to resolution and discussion with the ‘other side’. So often this kind of dispute can be resolved at mediation or through correspondence.

Can someone leave their money to anyone they want in a will?

Yes, in England and Wales. However, there is legislation which allows certain categories of people to claim financial provision out of an estate.

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“Calm and sensitive” approach to family dispute

Caroline Cowley’s client ended up in a devastating situation after her husband suddenly died. What caused f...

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