Contentious Estates

Increasingly, executors are finding the execution of wills and estates more problematic and onerous to administer.

This problem of entitlement can be further aggravated with intestate estates and Trusts where there are residual beneficiaries who are in dispute This can encompass Antiques, fine art and jewellery or indeed general household effects. These issues could be compounded by also having had additional responsibilities such as holding a power of attorney or having acted as Deputy in Court of Protection.

As independent valuers specialising in undertaking valuations in contentious situations, they are experienced and well placed to assist, particularly where items are being retained within the family. Resolving complex chattels situations falls outside of an auctioneer’s commercial interest and is frequently left to the executor to resolve.