Contentious probate – How long does a contentious probate case take?
Contentious probate can take months or even years to settle in complex cases. However, the number of probate cases being contested continues to rise.
The media has highlighted the estate of the late Peter Ustinov, whose family is still locked in battle over his estate, nine years after he died.
Although the famous actor left a multi million pound estate and had even prepared a Will well in advance of his death, the mounting legal fees may mean that much of his estate will have been wasted in this way.
With the traditional family structure having been altered beyond recognition, probate is now a much more complicated process than it used to be, with step parents, step children and multiple parentage posing more challenges.