Sometimes disagreements amongst families may arise following the bereavement of a relative about whether sufficient financial provision has been made for them under the terms of a Will. There may even be disagreements as to whether a Will was valid.
In circumstances when a person dies without a Will, or where a Will is deemed to be invalid, their estate will be distributed according to Intestacy Rules. Under these rules, only married or civil partners and specific close relatives can inherit from the estate. Furthermore, depending on the value of the estate, the rules of intestacy do not automatically provide for children.
Where inadequate financial provision has been made, or you are not recognised under an intestacy, it may still be possible to make a claim against the deceased’s estate under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act. There are strict time limits to make these claims so legal advice from the outset is essential.
Our experienced team have expertise in dealing with inheritance disputes and intestacy entitlement. We recognise that cases of these nature follow the recent loss of a loved one and often involve members of the same family so need to be handled carefully with this in mind. We will sensitively be able to guide you through the options you may have.