Inheritance Disputes

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Challenging and Contesting a Will

Bereavement can often be confusing and complicated from a legal perspective as well as from a personal perspective. When a loved one passes away, their estate needs to be administered. It is sensible to seek impartial and expert advice from dedicated probate solicitors in order to determine the direction of your next step if you think you might bring a claim against the estate. 


This advice is something you may want to seek even if you are not the beneficiary of a will, but feel that you should be. Contesting a will is an option for those who feel that their inheritance rights have been infringed in some way. We offer professional guidance on those rights and how to challenge a will.


For clients thinking of contesting a will in Ireland, the experience of our team often proves invaluable in terms of giving them the guidance and the confidence they need in order to navigate the legal procedures that lie ahead of them. We are committed to offering a service based on the highest standards of professionalism and expertise.


We treat each individual case separately in order to ensure that those contesting a will under our guidance receive the most appropriate advice given their particular circumstances.


Disputes regarding the distribution of an estate may involve different views as to the interpretation of a Will or they might involve a suggestion by one party that the person who died was not capable of making a Will or was forced to write it the way they did. There might be claims by children of somebody who has died that their parents have not made “proper provision” for them in their Will. These cases are known as Section 117 Applications.


If a person objects to another administering the estate (i.e. taking charge of distributing the assets), they can apply to the Probate Office to prevent this happening and ultimately if the parties can’t agree, the matter will be decided by the Court.



"Service was excellent and staff very helpful. We would recommend Patrick J Farrell and Company to anybody that needed help."

T. M., Probate Client 


How would you rate the service? "Excellent. The information was given in a clear and straightforward manner. We were totally satisfied with your service." On a scale of 1 to 10, how likely would you be to recommend us to others? "Definite 10". 

Probate Clients


"Excellent service"

D. B., Probate client 



If you have any questions in relation to Probate Disputes, please contact Niall Farrell or Evelyn Mackenzie-Smith of this office at You can call 045 431542 or use the "Do you have a case?" link at the top of this page for an opinion of your case. 


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- C.S., Dublin

"Niall helped me achieve a very positive outcome after a very serious accident where I was being blamed unfairly. Niall had clear advice and strategy and really made an unpleasant process bearable, with great communication and regular updates, and consequently a great result."

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"I have always found the service provided by your firm to be highly professional and first class. Attention to detail and advice given is always spot on. No complaints whatsoever. It is always a pleasure to deal with your company."

- L.D., Co. Offaly

"I would give the service a ten absolutely. I was provided with the pros and cons regarding how a case like mine could go from the start. I appreciated having the facts from the outset. From reception to the solicitors I dealt with, everyone was friendly and efficient. I will definitely recommend you to others."

A.H., Newbridge, Co. Kildare