Sadly, it’s not always the case that everyone agrees with the intentions of the deceased as expressed in a Will. These cases can lead to a disputed inheritance on one of several grounds, and potentially to a Will being re-written by the courts.
There are a number of reasons that a Will might be disputed including:
Even if a Will is correctly drafted and executed with the full understanding and knowledge of the person who wrote it (the “testator”), it may be possible to bring a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. This allows certain people to make claims against the estate if they can show that:
To make a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, a person must be in one of the following categories:
There is a strict time limit of 6 months from the grant of probate to make claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. If you believe that you have a claim it is very important to act quickly.
At Backhouse Solicitors, we are experts in dealing with Inheritance Disputes. Whether you wish to make a claim on an estate, or you are on the receiving end of a claim, we can help fight your corner. Our first approach is always to seek a negotiated solution, as this will be quicker and cheaper for all parties, but if necessary we will take your case all the way to the courts. For further advice, contact us today to book a free initial consultation with one of our solicitors.
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