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Contested Probate » Challenging a will
Contentious Probate Solicitors, Challenging a Will
Whether you are a dependant of the deceased who has not been adequately provided for in the deceased's Will or by the rules of Intestacy or whether you wish to seek to challenge the deceased's Will for some other reason we are able to provide you with specialist advice.
Before anyone entertains litigation they should seek legal advice and should do so at the earliest opportunity especially in Contested Probate matters. Contested Probate cases are subject to the Limitation Act 1990.
Generally claims for maintenance made Under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 must be brought within 6 months of the Grant of Representation. Beneficiaries making a claim against an estate have 12 years whilst there is no time limit for claims in relation to fraud.
A Will can be challenged on a number of grounds the most common of which are contained below:
- The Deceased did not have capacity to make a Will
- The Will is invalid
- Undue Influence
- Claim for financial Maintenance (Under The Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975)
The Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 provides financial provision for people who are dependant on the the deceased and have not been sufficiently provided for by the deceased's Will or by the rules of intestacy.
If a Court finds that reasonable financial provision has not been made for the Claimant's maintenance the Court may order that the Claimant receives such sum from the estate as the Court finds necessary for the Claimant's maintenance.
Where a Claimant is a Spouse or Civil Partner of the deceased under the 1975 Act they do not have to establish they are a dependant who requires financial maintenance from the deceased's estate. Under the Act a Spouse or Civil Partner is entitled to such financial provision as is reasonable in all the circumstances, ‘whether or not that provision is required for his or her maintenance’
A cohabitee who satisfies qualifying conditions under the Inheritance Act 1975 is entitled to apply for provision from the estate of his or her deceased's partner under the Act.
We deal with many Contested Probate Cases each year. We have had notable success this year at the High Court and have secured large settlements under The Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.
In 2014 we have successfully represented Claimants in cases where the basis of the Claim was Undue Influence. We have also successfully represented a defendant at a 5 day trial at the High Court in respect of a high value Undue Influence Case along and recovered our Client's costs.
Whilst the majority of Contested Probate cases reach settlement without the need for a stressful trial it is reassuring for our clients to know that we have a proven current track record at trial and are not marketing ourselves on past or fictitious glory.
We take Contested Probate cases from all over Wales and England and provide FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION. We will remove the legal jargon and guide you through every aspect of your contested probate case whether you are defending or pursing a claim or are an executor taking a neutral position.
We would be delighted to meet with you in any of our regional offices. Please call Damian Clode on 02920 765050 or e-mail today to ensure limitation doesnt cause you a problem.