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She's really good, she is incredibly personable. She is always very helpful and able to make things easier for the client; she manages to make everything sound simple, even when it often isn't.

Chambers High Net Worth 2021
About

Monika Byrska is a bilingual solicitor specialising in trust, will and estate disputes. 

Monika advises in all types of private client disputes. This includes: will challenges, Inheritance Act claims, disputes relating to the administration of estates, actions against trustees and personal representatives, promissory estoppel claims, trust disputes between co-owners of a property, and application for directions in administration of trusts and estates. 

As a STEP-qualified practitioner, she is uniquely qualified to assist with both contentious and non-contentious aspects of trust and estate administration. She therefore also represents personal representatives and trustees advising on the administration of trusts and estates, which are complex or entangled in disputes. 

As Monika often meets clients when they are going through their most difficult times, she aims to put them at ease with her straightforward and compassionate approach. She has passion and years of experience in resolving what may seem to be the most impossible disputes over wealth.  

She is bilingual and able to service clients in Polish. With a background in linguistics and interpretation, Monika also has a working knowledge of a couple other European languages. 

She is a full member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) and an associate member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). She holds a STEP Advanced Certificate in Administration of Estates, Advanced Certificate in Cross Border Estates and Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes. She is also a member of the STEP Contentious Trusts and Estates Special Interest Group and ConTrA, a network for Contentious Trusts Associates. 

Recent work
  • Secured funds for a client whose entitlement to benefit from a Lichtenstein Foundation was being denied by opponents in two jurisdictions.
  • Successfully challenged four different wills (including three foreign wills) all made in the space of 18 months. 
  • Acted for trustees in an application aiming to void decisions they have made previously and which have turned out to have hugely disadvantageous effect for the trust and its beneficiaries. 
  • Assisted an unmarried same-sex partner of a celebrity to access funds the deceased partner would have wanted them to have.
  • Removed and replaced an executor who was taking too long to administer the estate. 
  • Assisted a child born out of wedlock in getting access to funds from the wealth of their father, in circumstances where the wife and other children of the deceased did not know about the extramarital affair.  
Accolades
  • Ranked, Private Wealth Disputes, Chambers HNW 2021
  • "She's really good, she is incredibly personable. She is always very helpful and able to make things easier for the client; she manages to make everything sound simple, even when it often isn't." Chambers HNW 2021
  • Listed as a Citywealth Leader 
Did you know
Monika has a love of languages and also enjoys dance and hiking.

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