lARKE V NUGUS PackagePrepare and respond to Larke v Nugus requests
at the touch of a button

What is a LArke v nugus request?

It is becoming more frequent for disappointed beneficiaries or disgruntled family members to approach a solicitor to try and contest a Will, despite whether there are grounds for an enquiry or not.  Cases involving disputed Wills very often feature a Larke v Nugus statement which is prepared by the Solicitor or Will Writer who originally drafted the disputed Will or witnessed its execution. These statements are frequently requested by the claimant’s Solicitor as evidence against the validity of a Will on the grounds of lack of testamentary capacity, undue influence, want of knowledge or approval, or forgery.

Larke v Nugus

The representatives of the parties to a dispute can request information from the Solicitor or Will Writer about the deceased, the creation of their Will and the surrounding circumstances.

The notion of privilege
after death

On death, the testator's right to confidentiality is shifted to their personal representatives. 

The format of the request

Generally a list of questions with a request for a statement and the Will file(s).

Larke v nugus requests are on the rise...

The number of people contesting a Will has dramatically increased. The rise may be attributable to the widespread publicity of the case involving Mrs Heather Illot which had been heard in the Court of Appeal in 2015. Mrs Illot was awarded part of her estranged mother's estate despite the mother leaving the majority of her £438,000 estate to three animal charities. This has led to would-be claimants mounting what could be called a 'fishing expedition', even when they have no real evidence to bring a case. 

Receiving a Larke v Nugus request can be exceptionally time consuming and expensive and with a surge in contested Probate, the requirement for systematic record keeping or electronic storage has never been more important

How we can help

Countrywide Legacy has joined forces with Martin Holdsworth, Solicitor and director of IDR Law (who specialise solely in Inheritance Dispute Resolution) and has developed a Larke v Nugus Package. Unique to the legal industry, our Software Package allows you to automatically generate a report containing everything you need to respond to a request, saving you valuable time and money whilst “giving the deceased a voice”.

The Larke v Nugus Package works for clients with existing Wills and those who are having new Wills drafted.

Existing wills

Once a Larke v Nugus request is received, our Software will guide you through the process allowing you to respond to such letters quickly and efficiently. 

Countrywide Legacy asks the necessary questions and compiles a report containing all the information you would require,  at the touch of a button

  • Faster turnaround - respond to requests swiftly and accurately, saving valuable time.
  • Be better prepared - as your client database grows, you will receive more requests.
  • Suitable for Solicitor firms, small or large companies and sole traders.

new wills

With this Package, you are able to record all the necessary information at the inception of the Will. You can compile the information ahead of a request being received for those clients you consider a “high risk” for contested probate.

Our Software will populate all the relevant questions during the instruction taking process, allowing you to automatically compile a Will Clarity Statement, where your client can electronically sign to confirm. This report will be held electronically on the system, ready and waiting for, when or if a request arises.

  • Better prepared - helps future proof your client's Will and minimises the chances of a future claim. 
  • Save time - if a request for a claim is made, the Larke v Nugus report is readily available, meaning you don't waste time compiling lengthy information. 
  • Suitable for Solicitor firms, small or large companies and sole traders.



Manages Document Execution 

Our Larke v Nugus Package manages the entire execution process. The Software has a dedicated section for executions that clearly details:

• Clients with documents waiting to be executed

• Clients with completed executed documents

Where possible, documents are executed with e-signatures providing an audit trail to refer to in the future. Also, if documents are sent by post or email to the client, the details of the instructions can be stored in the Software.



If you have not purchased the Software, you can still have access
to the Larke v Nugus Package