Project Description

Edward Powell

Edward Powell

Senior Solicitor

I am a senior solicitor in our Dispute Resolution team and I specialise in inheritance disputes.

My inheritance dispute work can cover a wide range of work from disputing the validity of the will or helping resolve disputes between executors and beneficiaries.

I qualified in 1998 and have conducted a wide range of litigation in the High Court, County Court, Coroner’s Court, and Probate Registry.

Although taking court action may be necessary, I focus on trying to resolve a dispute and helping understand the personal and family dynamics of a situation can often help me advise on the best outcome for my client and find the best way to achieve it.

I also use my many years of experience to advise on business disputes.

Like all of Attwells’ lawyers, I am happy to discuss potential matters on a ‘no-charge, no-obligation basis.

Outside of the office, I am a trustee of  (a not-for-profit group of care homes) and I am also a founding trustee of the Colchester Half Marathon which is a great community event that also raises money for good causes.

Examples of probate dispute recent cases:

  • Instructed by beneficiary in relation to dispute over £9m+ estate.

  • I was recently instructed by a beneficiary of a circa £20 million estate who had concerns regarding the executor of the estate’s conduct.

  • A beneficiary whose potential inheritance which was placed into a discretionary trust instructed me to assist them.

  • An executor instructed me when there was a challenge to expenses which were incurred by his estate.

  • I successfully challenged the validity of a will in a multimillion-pound estate where there were allegations of fraud. Expert computer evidence and the Claimant’s medical records proved the Will could not have been executed as claimed.

  • I acted for an adult son who successfully challenged his father’s will on the basis that it did not make reasonable provision for him.

  • Instructed by beneficiaries to defend reasonable provision claim being bought by step-daughter.

  • Specialisms – Disputes and Personal Injury

  • Manager or Supervisor – Will Oakes