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Contentious probate

Paying the legal costs of contested probate proceedings

Novitas will fund the legal costs of clients going through contested probate proceedings, including claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975, (‘75 Act Claims’).


The loan is provided under a facility so you drawdown what your client needs, when they need it, providing fast and efficient lending. Counsel opinion is required with the application, a counsel pro-forma can be downloaded from this site.

Key benefits

  • Improved cash-flow - the funding is provided as a facility against which the solicitor can drawdown as required; in advance of each stage of the legal proceedings
  • Combine funding options - use Novitas to pay all the fees or combine with a CFA
  • Pre-approval of funding - you know exactly what funding is available
  • Rapid lending decisions - clearly defined, simple lending criteria
  • Flexible timing - use the loan at any point during the proceedings
  • Limited outlay for your client - the interest and set-up fee are rolled into the loan. The client will only have to pay for independent legal advice and counsel’s fees for the initial assessment


What our clients say.

We are delighted that Novitas have introduced this innovative new lending product for contested probate matters. The loan enables genuine claimants to gain access to justice at a timeof great emotional difficulty.

Martin Holdsworth, Partner, Jones Myers

Novitas provides an invaluable service to family law practitioners and clients where immediate cashflow is a problem. I would recommend Novitas without hesitation.

Emma Harte, Partner, Alexiou Fisher Philipps