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Grounds for contesting a Will: Understanding the terms of the Will

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For a Will to be valid, the person making the will (the Testator) must have ‘knowledge and approval’ of the contents of the Will. This requires that the Testator has understood what was in the Will when it was signed and also understood what...

Can you make Inheritance Act claims if the time limit has passed?

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Inheritance Act claims ; can you claim if the time limit has passed? The short answer is yes; at the Courts discretion. The six month limitation on Inheritance Act claims has been subject of debate in many cases. Recently in the case of Mrs Shantabi...

Undocumented Inheritance Promises Receive Greater Recognition in the Courts

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Can verbal promises be expected in Law in an inheritance situation? The answer is: sometimes The recent case of Thompson v Thompson (2018) highlighted the increasing frequency with which families end up in court over undocumented promises. These...

Can a Will be disputed? A recent decision from the courts

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The Courts are generally reluctant to overturn a Will and the threshold to disputing the validity of a Will is particularly high. When a Will is made the most common reasons for contesting a Will are a claim of lack of testamentary capacity or a claim...

High Court rules Cohabitants entitled to challenge their late Partner's estate

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In the case of Thompson v Ragget (2018) EWHC 688 Ch, the High court ruled in favour of an unmarried woman who had been left out of her partner’s £1.5m estate. The distribution of an estate, either under the terms of a Will or pursuant to the ...

Contesting a Will: Does a Will need to be signed?

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For a Will to be validly recognised in England and Wales, it must be signed in front of two independent witnesses, who print and sign their names, this aids when resolving probate disputes . While this requirement has been a long-recognised rule of the law,...

The Importance of Continuously Updating Your Will

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An estimated 40 million people in Britain have not produced a Will. It’s, therefore, no surprise that the term ‘wills apathy’ has been widely used to illustrate a behavioural trend among the general public. This trend shows that the...

Challenging a Will? Speed is of the Essence

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A recent case warns beneficiaries of a will to ensure they understand its effects – and to take action if they think they have not been adequately provided for. The provisions of most wills often come as little surprise to family and friends. They...

More People Are Disputing Their Inheritance (or Lack of It)

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We’ve recently seen an increase in enquiries from people wanting to challenge a relative’s will or make a claim if they are not provided for – so much so that we have expanded our team. Laura Pracy rejoined us in June and is now working in...

A Testing Case Concerning A Will

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A person making a Will (the Testator) must be capable of making a valid Will at the time it is made. This means that they must be aged 18 years or over and must be of sound mind, memory and understanding. The Testator must be capable of understanding the...