Disputing a Will and inheritance disputes can be a particularly tricky and sensitive area of law. Handling upset after a friend or relative has died, together with such a dispute can be even more challenging.
Wills and inheritance disputes can involve challenging the validity of a will or defending someone else who is trying to challenge the will. Wills and inheritance disputes can also involve the overwhelming feeling that you were not properly provided for in someone’s will following their death, or someone died without a will and you consider that you should be provided for. You may be able to claim for financial provision under the Inheritance Act.
Crystal clear advice
Whether you have concerns about the person who signed the will in respect of mental capacity, or undue pressure into signing the document, or whether another party is claiming this and you wish to defend against it, then Edwards Duthie Shamash can help you in providing further advice.
If you are concerned about how a will was made, its execution, the deceased’s final wishes or who was involved in the process, you may wish to consider a challenge against its validity.
Contesting a Will
There are various grounds for contesting a will. The person making the will must know the consequences of the of their bequests in the will, and the contents of the estate they leave behind. They must understand their action, and be in sounds mind. If there are doubts in respect of mental capacity, this might result in challenging a will due to the deceased’s lack of testamentary capacity.
Pressured or influenced Will
Another concern might be that the deceased was vulnerable and/or pressured or influenced in to making certain decisions in the will. This is known an undue influence and presents a separate ground to challenge a will.
If you have concerns in relation to the validity of a will, we can advise on the various grounds and your prospects of success and remedies.
Why choose Edwards Duthie Shamash when disputing a will?
Edwards Duthie Shamash recognises and appreciates that handling wills and inheritance disputes can be highly sensitive and must be handled with care. We will work with you establish whether litigation via the Court or other Dispute Resolution with the involved parties is the right remedy for you and we can tailor our advice and assistance to your needs.
Whether you are a beneficiary, executor, trustee or not a party to the will, or if there is not a will, if you are in any doubt in relation to the deceased’s estate then you should not hesitate to contact Edwards Duthie Shamash on 0208 514 9000 and speak to our specialist Contentious Probate lawyers for an initial telephone consultation about disputing a will.