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Aaron & Partners LLP

Work Department

Contested Wills, Trusts & Estates


Solicitor – Senior Associate


Vlad is a senior associate in the Wills, Tax and Trusts team. His expertise lies in the resolution of contentious probate matters. He is recommended in both Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.

Having trained and qualified at a top 100 law firm before joining Aaron & Partners, he has developed specific expertise in dealing with high value and complex claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) 1975 Act, as well as proprietary estoppel claims. He also acts for clients bringing or defending claims against estates, including challenges or defences to the validity of wills, and estate administration disputes. He regularly advises trustees and beneficiaries in relation to trust related disputes, breaches of trust, claims pursuant to the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 as well as directions applications. He is also experienced in advising clients in respect of equitable claims, including resulting and constructive trust claims.

Vlad’s litigation experience has seen him resolving claims with and without the court’s assistance, for a wide range of clients, ranging from individuals, trust corporations and banks. He has successfully pursued claims in the High Court and Court of Appeal, as well as resolving matters utilising a wide variety of alternative dispute resolution methods, including mediation.

Vlad is a member of ACTAPS (The Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists).

Examples of cases in which Vlad has been involved include the following:

  • Acting for beneficiaries seeking to set aside a will believed to be invalid on the grounds of lack of testamentary capacity, lack of knowledge and approval and procured by means of undue influence
  • Representing the spouse and sole beneficiary of the deceased’s estate, worth in excess of £4.5m, to defend claims by the deceased’s daughters for reasonable financial provision under the Inheritance Act
  • Acting for deputies seeking to challenge the validity of a declaration of trust executed by the protected party on the grounds of presumed undue influence
  • Successfully reaching a settlement on behalf of the sole beneficiary of his father’s farming partnership and estate, following a claim by the deceased’s long term co-habiting partner
  • Acting for the co-executor and 50% beneficiary of an estate comprising of various farms and complex partnership issues
  • Advising trustees with regards to the removal and replacement of trustees
  • Assisting personal representatives to interpret various complex clauses in the deceased’s will and trust
  • Acting for an adult child in successfully settling a 1975 Act claim, achieving a significant increase to the inheritance due from her father’s £5m estate

Lawyer Rankings

North West > Private client > Contentious trusts and probate

(Rising stars)

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Based in Chester and Shrewsbury, the team at Aaron & Partners LLP is led by James Wallace, a key contact regarding the litigation aspects of contentious trust and probate matters; however in addition to being recognised as an experienced mediator for contentious trust work. Clive Pointon is highly regarded for his work in Court of Protection and LPA disputes, as well as disputes involving inheritance tax problems. Senior associate Vlad Macdonald-Munteanu is noted for his expertise in farming and agriculture-related disputes, but also covers complex claims under the Inheritance Act 1975 and proprietary estoppel.