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Inheritance Claims

In certain cases it is sometimes possible to contest the Will of somebody who has died.

Although a person is usually free to leave their estate to whomever they want to, a challenge can be brought if they have not made provision for their dependants. For example, a surviving spouse/civil partner, children (under the age of 18 normally) and other people who may have been dependent on the deceased before he/she died. Claims are normally under the Inheritance (Provisions for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, there are time limits that must be followed and there are problems if you do not claim within 6 months of Grant of Probate.

It is sometimes possible to challenge the validity of a person's Will after they have died if it can be proved that the person did not have sufficient testamentary mental capacity to make the Will in the first place or if the strict formalities of executing a Will have not been complied with.

Our friendly and experienced team would be pleased to discuss this with you. You should remember that time is of the essence with inheritance claims and that if you think you may have a claim, you should contact us without delay.