Disputed Wills & Estates

Disputed Wills & Estates

Grief can manifest itself in many ways and going through this process after a family member or friend has died is never easy. The situation can be made much worse if you feel you were not left what you believe you deserved or were promised in a Will.

You may have doubts about the mental state of mind of your family member or friend when signing the Will, or feel they were pressured into signing it by someone else.

Some of the main reasons for contesting a Will are:
1. The deceased did not know or understand what they were signing
2. The deceased was under undue influence and was pressured
3. The deceased lacked mental capacity
4. The Will was not signed and witnessed properly
5. The deceased promised you something that was not gifted in the Will

Alternatively, you may be able to make a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 which sets out who can make a claim for provision to be made for them. For example, if you are a family member and were being financially supported by the deceased then you may be entitled to bring a claim against the estate.

There are strict time limits involved in disputing an estate so it is paramount that you obtain prompt and specialist legal advice before it may be too late.

If you have concerns relating to your entitlement in an estate contact our specialist legal team for advice.