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Rebecca Piper, Associate

Rebecca is experienced in advising on UK disputes involving challenges to wills, claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, proprietary estoppel and breach of trust matters.

Rebecca Piper, Associate

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Trust & Estates Disputes

Summary

Rebecca is experienced in advising on UK disputes involving challenges to wills, claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, proprietary estoppel and breach of trust matters. Rebecca has a keen interest in lack of capacity cases, and is regularly instructed in relation to Court of Protection matters, dealing with applications regarding the actions of deputies and attorneys and contested statutory will proceedings.

Rebecca acts for private individuals (both claimants and defendants), executors and trustees. As a key member of our Contested Legacy team, a significant proportion of her workload involves advising charity client’s in relation to Trust and Estate disputes.

Rebecca has a background in private client work, and regularly assists clients who require assistance with the progression of estates where issues have arisen between the beneficiaries and executors.

Rebecca is admitted to practise in England and Wales.

Experience highlights

  • Pursuing an application in the Court of Protection and successfully removing an Attorney appointed under both Property & Affairs and Health & Welfare Lasting Powers of Attorney following concerns being raised by our client as to the care of her mother and the misappropriation of funds by her mother’s Attorney
  • Achieving successful settlement for our clients at mediation in a multi-million pound estate where the will under which they benefitted was challenged on the grounds of lack of capacity, want of knowledge and approval, undue influence and fraud
  • Obtaining disclosure through proceedings from professional trustees who refused to provide beneficiaries with estate and trust accounts
  • Bringing proceedings, including injunction proceedings, against a former solicitor who had benefitted from a will which he had drafted himself and achieving extremely favourable settlement
  • Successfully obtaining statutory will in contested proceedings in the Court of Protection and obtaining a cost order in favourable terms for the client which departed from the standard rule in the Court
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