All executors have a legal and ethical responsibility to act in the best interests of both the deceased individual and their named beneficiaries. In an ideal situation, the job of the executor is simply to ensure that the final will and testament of the deceased is executed as specified.
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for executors to encounter complications, disputes and heated disagreements along the way. Some of which cannot be resolved without third-party involvement.
At Aristone Solicitors, we provide a complete range of legal services for experienced and first-time executors alike. Whether you’re struggling with a dispute or simply looking to ensure you get the job done as quickly and painlessly as possible, we’re standing by with the support you need.
Call Aristone Solicitors anytime to book your obligation-free initial consultation with a member of the team.
Why Disputes with Executors Occur
It’s possible for almost any individual to be named an executor by an individual prior to their death. It can be a close friend, a family member or a neutral third party. In all instances, however, disputes between beneficiaries and executors can occur at any time. There may also be disagreements between two or more executors, if multiple administrators are appointed.
Just a few of the most common causes of disputes with executors include the following:
- Contesting a will
- Inheritance Act claims
- Problems in the interpretation of wills and trust documents
- Disputes about charitable legacies
- Disputes between trustees and beneficiaries
- Disputing lifetime gifts
- Problems with estate administrations
- Challenging costs and recovering debts
Even if you are a neutral third party with no emotional ties to the deceased or their named beneficiaries, you may find it difficult to execute their will in a fair and agreeable way. Disputes often occur when two or more beneficiaries feel they have not been left as much as they were entitled to. You may also find yourself dealing with complaints from individuals who were left out of the deceased party’s will entirely.
Unless you have extensive experience as an executor or administrator, it can be difficult to know where, when and how to make such important decisions. Even if you’ve past experience in such matters, you could reach an impasse that calls for external mediation.
For more information or to discuss the specifics of your case in more detail, contact a member of the team at Aristone Solicitors today.
Our Dispute Resolution Process
Dealing with the death of a close friend or family member can be extremely difficult. That’s why at Aristone Solicitors, we do everything we can to ensure that the vast majority of disputes between executors and beneficiaries are handled outside the courts.
In most instances, even the most challenging and complex cases can be brought to a conclusion through impartial mediation. We’ll provide the support, consultancy and the expert mediators you need to help you do your job as an executor.
For more information or to discuss your requirements in more detail, contact a member of the team at Aristone Solicitors anytime.