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A country cottage may not have been left to you but you may still be able to claim maintenance from a loved one's estate

Maintained by the deceased – Inheritance Act claims

The Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 allows claims for ‘maintenance’ from a deceased’s estate by “a person who immediately before the death of the deceased was being maintained either wholly or partly by the deceased” (Section 1(1)(e)). In the case of Kenneth Paul King v The Chiltern Dog Rescue, Redwings Horse Sanctuary [2015] EWCA Civ 581, the Court of Appeal had to review the situation where the […]

Lewis v Warner looks ta reasonable financial provision under the Inheritance Act where a common law spouse has his own independent means

Reasonable Financial Provision – Lewis v Warner

Can the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 help someone who is able to provide for themselves? We look at the case of Lewis v Warner, in which a common law partner who sought to purchase the house where he had lived for the last 20 years and avoid eviction by the sole beneficiary of his deceased partner’s will. The Facts The deceased had left her entire estate […]

piles of money to illustrate what is reasonable financial provision after teh case of Wooldridge v Wooldridge

Inheritance Act – reasonable financial provision

We look at what constitutes reasonable financial provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975  following the case of Wooldridge v Wooldridge The Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 (the Inheritance Act) gives dependants a mechanism to claim ‘maintenance’ – beyond what they may already have been left under the will concerned – from the estate of the deceased. But what amounts to reasonable financial […]

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Left without an Inheritance? What can you do?

If you’ve been left without an inheritance, what options do you have to challenge a will? There have been a number of high profile examples of people challenging a will because they feel they feel cheated of their inheritance. Not only that, a number of high profile figures have announced that they will not be leaving an inheritance for their children: Anita Roddick of the Body Shop, cook and writer […]

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