The death of a loved one is always hard to bear, both emotionally and practically. However this difficult time can be particularly stressful where disputes about the Will or the Estate arise. Sadly, given the increasing complexity of modern family arrangements such disputes have become more common in recent years.
Is the Will valid?
Will disputes may arise for any number of reasons. For example, there may be concerns about the validity of the will. Did the deceased have capacity to understand the contents of the Will when it was made? Were they put under any undue pressure by another person to make or change the Will? Was the document signed properly, in accordance with the relevant rules?
Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975
Disputes may also surface if certain family members feel that they have not been adequately provided for. Under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, the surviving spouse, children or other dependants of the deceased can make a claim against the Estate if they can show that reasonable financial provision has not been made for them, either by the Will or the intestacy rules (the statutory rules which dictate who benefits from the Estate when the deceased did not make a Will).
At Manners Pimblett we understand that dealing with such issues can be awkward and they should be approached with the right degree of sensitivity.
Our specialist Solicitors can offer advice and assistance with any issue you may have – simply call 0845 077 0772 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.