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Inheritance Act Claims: What is Reasonable Financial Provision?

Understanding Inheritance Act claims Challenging a will through using the mechanism of Inheritance Act claims allows claimants to apply to court for reasonable financial provision from a deceased person’s estate, without questioning the validity of the testator’s will. Section 1 of the Act outlines the list of potential Inheritance Act claimants, i.e dependants. People who can potentially claim under the act are: Spouses and civil partners; Former spouses or civil […]

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A Reminder of the 5 Grounds to Challenge a Will

Challenging a will requires a valid reason to go to court. Different grounds will be relied upon in a will dispute, depending on the particular circumstances under which the will was made. If you are unhappy with the contents of a will and the circumstances in which it was made, a vital first step in any challenge will be to establish the grounds on which you will challenge the will. […]

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How Does Probate Work?

What is Probate? When someone has passed away, there is a series of steps that must be taken with regards to their property, in order gain the right to distribute the estate according to their wishes as set out in their will – or if there is no will, the rules of intestacy. Probate is the process by which a deceased person’s will is declared valid, and executors of the […]

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Things to know before challenging a will!

Challenging a will can be a daunting undertaking. In this blog we’ve put together some useful information that can help you understand more about what it means. A ‘will’ is an important legal document A will is a legal document which is made by an individual before his or her death. It states how their property, including money, any property or land they own, and anything else, should be left […]

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The costs of challenging a will

You may well have read stories in the press about high profile will disputes and the legal costs that are involved. While it’s true that bringing a challenge to a will is unlikely to come cheap, there are a number of options open to you which means you don’t have to find the money up front, and will only have to pay costs if you succeed in your claim. In […]

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Am I too late to bring a claim for maintenance under the Inheritance Act 1975?

As unpalatable as it may seem following the death of a loved one, if the deceased’s will does not make provision for you, you will need to act quickly to bring a claim for maintenance under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. In the aftermath of the death of your spouse or parent, the last thing that might be on your mind as you plan a funeral, […]