How much does it cost to contest a will? No Win No Fee

Paul Wood (C-PAID)
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3 min readJul 13, 2021


Challenging a will or contesting probate can be done cheaply and effectively on a No Win No Fee basis. But many people are unaware of this fact.

We are contacted regularly by bereaved and concerned individuals who need to challenge the terms of a will or to contest probate, but have no idea about the costs that they will face.

Often, we are able to relieve those concerns because we are able to refer those clients to specialist Contested Probate and Will Challenge Solicitors who are prepared to act on a no-win no fee basis, which means those clients are not charged for legal fees at all.

Perhaps it’s best to put this into perspective. Many solicitors only undertake Will Challenge cases on a privately paying basis. This means that they expect their fees to be paid as the case progresses, and they will not act if you do not want or cannot afford to pay them. Sometimes they demand upfront fees, and cease to work when the money has run out, and will not start work again until they have been paid further sums of money. Sometimes they charge their fees in arrears, but likewise cease to act if those fees are not paid when they are billed for.

If the case succeeds, the solicitors attempt to recover those costs from opponents, but quite often there is a portion that remains unrecovered. If the case is not successful, the client is left out of pocket to the tune of tens of thousands of pounds.

C-PAID’s panel of specialist probate lawyers do not act on that basis. Whenever they accept a case, it is on a genuine no-win no fee basis.

Our panel of expert solicitors will run your case from start to finish without asking for any upfront fees, and without asking you to make any contribution towards their charges as the case progresses. If the case is not successful they agree not to be paid. If the case is successful our expert solicitors expect to recover their fees from opponents, so you do not have to make a contribution towards the legal fees.

Therefore, whilst some solicitors may charge tens of thousands of pounds for your contested probate case, C-PAID’s panel of expert contested probate and contested will solicitors do not charge a penny until the case is successful. They expect to recover their fees from opponents.

If your claim succeeds, and only if your claim succeeds, you will be required by the No Win No Fee agreement to pay a success fee from your winnings. That success fee is capped at a fixed percentage and is only payable from funds that you win. You do not have to put your hand in your pocket to make this payment.

Therefore, whilst some firms may require you to borrow money in order to afford the fees, our panel of expert solicitors will not charge you a penny for their fees as your case progresses, and any payment that you do make to them is only made if you win and is only paid from winnings.

As time goes by, more and more people are finding it to be cost-effective to run a contested probate case on a no-win no fee basis through C-PAID.

Contact us to find out how we can help you obtain a genuine no-win no fee agreement.

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Paul Wood (C-PAID)
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Co-founder of C-PAID. Helping people get what is rightfully theirs on a No Win No Fee basis. Tech enthusiast. YNWA.