What are my chances of success in a will contest claim?
• Really the estate is going to have to be big enough to warrant a claim – principles don’t pay bills!
• Likewise your interest in the outcome of the dispute has to be big enough to warrant a claim (a bad example: you successfully prove a Will to be invalid, meaning the earlier Will is now the legal Will, under which you are left a legacy of £200!)
• You have no money and no means of paying for legal assistance – a no win no fee arrangement with a company such as ours can help you here
• You are very determined and prepared to help your lawyers to further your claim – this will considerably improve your chances
• You have a longstanding issue with the person (perhaps a brother or sister) who you think caused the Will to be changed in their favour and regardless of cost, you want to continue that war – probably not healthy or useful and may actually lead to a poor outcome
• You know that the person who made the Will had mental health or memory problems at about the time the Will was made and was receiving medical treatment for those problems but you haven’t been able to get hold of the medical records – no problem, we can do that, and this is likely to considerably improve your chances of success
• You know that the person who made the Will had mental health or memory problems but was only being treated for these some time after the Will was made – without independent evidence from treating doctors who can say that at the time the Will was made, you are unlikely to be successful
• You have been told by one or both of the two witnesses (who witnessed the person who supposedly made the Will signing it) that they don’t remember seeing that person doing so – possibly helpful but only if this Will was made relatively recently
• You believe that the person who supposedly made the Will did not sign it as his or her signature is very different from what you remember – if solicitors arranged the execution (signing) of the Will, this is unlikely to be helpful but it may be extremely useful if the Will was “homemade”
• The Will is “homemade” and probably prepared by the person who benefits under the Will – this could be very helpful to your case
• One of the witnesses to the Will is a beneficiary under it – this could be extremely useful to your case
• After the Will you are disputing was made the person who made it married or got divorced – again this could be extremely useful to your case
• You had fallen out with the person who made the Will before it was done – this does not necessarily mean you will not succeed
• The person who died was supporting you and/or was one of your parents and you are now in dire financial straits – this could considerably improve your chances of success and as we mention, it will be possible for us to help you to pursue your claim under a no win no fee arrangement so your lack of funds will not stop you from pursuing your claim
• The person who died was your husband or wife and/or the father or mother to a child in your care and no provision has been made by the Will – you are very likely to succeed with your claim and we can help you to do so under a no win no fee arrangement