A skilled litigator, Max specialises in contentious probate litigation. He has experience of handling complex cases, including those involving cross-border disputes, multi-million-pound estates and trust litigation. Max acts for claimants and defendants in the High Court and Court of Protection and actively uses mediation as a tool to settle disputes.
Max has been praised by clients for his empathetic approach and for being calm under pressure. His aim is to take away the stress of litigation during what is often an emotional and challenging time.
Max is working towards associate membership of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists.
Contentious Trusts & Probate
- Acting for the administrator and beneficiary of an estate in four separate sets of proceedings. Successfully defended claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, a claim to propound a forged will and a claim in the Court of Appeal by the deceased’s cohabiting partner for a greater beneficial interest in the deceased’s property.
- Instructed on a multi-million-pound estate with assets based in five jurisdictions. Advised on challenging a claim that estate assets passed by survivorship and took steps to secure assets on behalf of the estate.
- Resolved an administration dispute on behalf of two beneficiaries of an estate, one of whom was a public figure. The executor was exaggerating their expenses and trying to force an unfavourable distribution of the estate on the basis of an unsubstantiated agreement. Issued proceedings in the High Court and obtained an order compelling the executor to pay estate funds into Court. The executor ultimately agreed to distribute in accordance with intestacy rules, reduced their expenses and paid client’s costs.
- Acted for a sibling with a beneficial interest in a property occupied by his sister. She was refusing to sell. Issued proceedings seeking an order for sale and obtained a six-figure settlement sum and a substantial contribution to client’s costs.
- Instructed by the child of the deceased who had been disinherited. Pursued a claim that the will was invalid due to undue influence and lack of testamentary capacity. Obtained a substantial settlement sum following disclosure of medical records and witness evidence it was agreed our client would receive a substantial settlement sum.
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