Contesting a Will Step 5: Court Hearings
With an expert contesting a will lawyer and good preparation, you will have nothing to fear from a court hearing, if it should go that far.
Settlement negotiations and court appointed mediation unfortunately do not always result in a settlement of the dispute. In certain cases, the only avenue to resolve the claim is through a court hearing.
From our experience however, very few cases – generally, less than 10% – ever run fully in court.
Going into court fully prepared
By following our 5 Steps to Contesting a Will, you will be prepared if you do reach the stage of a court hearing. At GMP this preparation would have started when our lawyers began gathering evidence to support your case.
With our team at your side, running your claim, you will have strong case evidence that supports the appropriate legal issues. You can also feel comfortable in the knowledge that you have explored all avenues of settlement through informal negotiations and mediation.
We will make preparing for a court hearing as stress free as possible for you. We will help you review your affidavit material, which is your written statement filed with the court, outlining the facts that you rely on in support of your case. Your contesting a will lawyer will be preparing you for cross-examination on your evidence as the court hearing approaches.
With GMP at your side, you have nothing to fear
Rest assured, if you have followed our 5 Steps to Contesting a Will, then you have nothing to fear from the court hearing. Your evidence will be in compliance with the court rules and address the issues that the judge is required to consider under the legislation.
Your GMP lawyer would not have let the matter proceed to court if they believed that your case was weak and without merit.
We only charge if we win your case – plus we cover all court fees and disbursements.
Legal costs are universally paid out of the estate (except in extreme circumstances), so you do not have to pay these directly.
Our legal fees are based on an hourly rate that is consistent with the average industry-wide hourly legal rate, which is currently $480 per hour.
However, we are always willing to reduce our professional fee in the unlikely event of a poor result if the need arises. This is our written guarantee to you.
No other legal firm will offer this guarantee, but GMP can, because as experts in will and inheritance cases we have complete faith in our ability to deliver excellent results quickly.
Contest a Will on a “No Win No Fee” basis*.
Please contact GMP Contesting a Will Lawyers on 1800 004 878 and we will arrange an appointment at an office convenient to you. Your First Consultation is Free supported by our Unique Service Guarantee.