Liam accepts instructions in all areas of probate and related chancery practice. Besides having a busy paperwork practice, he also appears in interlocutory hearings and trials on a regular basis. He is currently completing the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) associate membership course.
areas of practice
- Contentious probate; for example, questions as to the construction of wills; challenges to the validity of wills based on lack of testamentary capacity, want of knowledge and approval, undue influence, and fraud; cases arising from intestacy; claims against personal representatives, etc
- Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975
- Claims based on proprietary estoppel and/or constructive trusts
- Administration of estates, including the removal or substitution of personal representatives
Liam accepts instructions directly from members of the public, as well as from solicitors. Besides appearing in court on an almost daily basis, he drafts pleadings and advises both in conference and in writing.
Advising in respect of a successful application to the Chancery Division for the removal and replacement of a personal representative, under section 50 of the Administration of Justice Act 1985.
Successfully representing an executor in a claim against a beneficiary for the repayment of an overpaid legacy.
Representing the Claimant (a former cohabitant) at an Inheritance Act FDR, negotiating a settlement of £200,000.
Advising on a regular basis on matters such as the formal or substantive validity of wills, the construction of wills, and Inheritance Act claims. One memorable recent Advice involved considering whether newly-appointed executors should bring proceedings against the former executor for wrongfully disposing of the deceased’s flock of racing pigeons!