How do I choose a contesting wills lawyer?

Published 09 Mar 2016

Challenging a will is not an easy decision to make, but you'll need to find the best legal representation available once you've decided to proceed. So what factors should you consider when trying to select a firm?

This article outlines some of the ways you can identify the right contesting wills lawyers in NSW for your needs.

No-win, no-fee service

Inheritance disputes often have various upfront costs that you'll be required to cover on the way towards a settlement. For example, you'd typically have to pay filing expenses and legal fees, as well as any money needed for gathering evidence.

However, a comprehensive no-win, no-fees service should ensure the law firm handles these costs in advance. In fact, you'll only have to pay the fees if your case is successful. This is usually a key factor for people who may be concerned about proceeding with a claim because of the expenses involved.

Service guarantee

Many contesting wills firms may talk a good game, but do they have a service guarantee to give you peace of mind that you'll receive the best advice and guidance?

Gerard Malouf & Partners (GMP) offers a 90-day complimentary trial for clients, meaning you can test our services for nearly three months without charge. We also offer reduced fees for anyone who is unsatisfied with our service, although clients rarely make use of this perk.

Experience

You must be confident that the contesting wills lawyers you choose have extensive experience handling inheritance disputes. The complexity of some cases may mean your case ends up in court, and it's important your lawyer is skilled enough to sway the judge in your favour.

Check whether your shortlisted law firms have a solid reputation, a traceable history in NSW and a long list of happy clients. For instance, GMP has helped plaintiffs secure positive results in the state for more than 30 years.

Free consultation

Are your lawyers willing to sit down and discuss the case without charging you for the time? Some law firms are keen to bill for every interaction, even if you choose not to proceed with the dispute.

Select a firm that cares about your chances of success and is happy to talk to you regarding the best course of action via a free initial face-to-face or telephone consultation.

Would you like to know more about GMP's contesting wills services? Please contact us today.

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