Araba was a specialist Chancery practitioner in Lincoln’s Inn for 22 years, before joining Fenners in 2009. The focus of her Probate practice is contentious probate, mental capacity/Court of Protection, duties of trustees, personal representatives, attorneys and deputies and succession to family businesses.
Areas of practice
- Probate claims
- Elderly client issues including capacity
- Court of Protection - statutory wills
- Administration of estates
- Non-contentious probate practice
- Rights of beneficiaries and duties of personal representatives
- Applications for directions and claims for removal of personal representatives/will trustees
- Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
- Claims by and against solicitors as trustees or executors
- Client care and best practice
Araba accepts instructions directly from members of the public and fellow property professionals, as well as conventional referrals from solicitors. Her dispute resolution work includes mediation as well as litigation. She accepts referrals from the Bar Pro Bono Unit.
Araba is an established and active CPD trainer, delivering accredited short courses and webinars for solicitors in private practice and local government via local Law Societies, STEP branches, CLT and other institutional providers. In particular, Araba delivers webinars on trustees’ duties and mental capacity issues
What others say
"Able to identify and focus on the key issues in a case very quickly": Legal 500 2015
"Her response times are top notch": Legal 500 2014
"Araba Taylor is recommended for complex probate and trust matters": The Legal 500 2013
Re Butcher (Deceased), Sharp v Hutchins  EWHC 1240 (Ch) (knowledge and approval - correct test is the single stage test in Gill v Woodall – two-stage test properly to be used as a cross-check). Transcript of the Judgment here.
Re Walker (Deceased); Walker v Badmin (2014) (Ch D)  EWHC 71 (Ch);  WTLR 493 - (testamentary capacity – validity challenge successfully resisted - correct and only test is Banks v Goodfellow, not section 2(1) of the Mental Capacity Act 2005). Transcript of the Judgment here.
Re Dharamshi (Deceased) resisted EWHC 3917 (Ch) (want of capacity - severe bereavement reaction – validity challenge successfully)
Re Tociapski (Deceased)  EWHC 1770 (Ch);  WTLR 1821 (successful invalidity claim - will invalid for want of knowledge and approval)
Pinnock v Rochester  EWHC 4049 (Ch); (2011) 155(44) SJLB 3 (successful appeal against striking out of probate claim – interaction of probate claim and compromise of earlier claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 – procedure - case management)
Re Allen (Deceased), Smith v Springford  WTLR 705 (caveators' application to discontinue claim for revocation of existing grant - will forgery – costs)
Re Garland (Deceased), Garland v Morris and another  2 FLR 528;  EWHC 2 (Ch);  All ER (D) 11 (Jan) (Inheritance Act application by adult child)