Dealing with the death of a loved one can be incredibly hard and sometimes it can be made even harder if you find out that you have not been provided for in their Will or if they died without leaving a Will, and that you will not be a person that benefits.
We have assisted many people who have experienced these issues and have successfully made claims under the Inheritance Act for them.
The law accepts that a testator (the deceased person) can leave their money to whoever they like. However, the law also recognises that certain people have a claim against an estate and if you are one of those people then you can challenge the Will if financial provision is not made for you.
Who can make an inheritance claim?
There are 5 types of people that can make an inheritance claim:
- Spouse or civil partner of the person who died
- Cohabitee (someone living as husband or wife with the deceased for at least 2 years immediately prior to death). Same sex cohabitees are also covered.
- Former spouse or civil partner who was receiving maintenance and has not re-married or entered into a new civil partnership
- Child or person treated as a child of the family
- Someone who has been financially supported by the person who died up until the death
Historically, it has been easier for those at the top of the list above to be able to bring a successful claim than those at the bottom of the list. However, the Courts in recent years have been more prepared to interfere with the provisions made in a Will than they used to be.
By way of example, the UK Courts recently made a decision where a daughter estranged from her mother for many years, to the point where her mother had not attended her wedding, and who had never relied upon her mother, was found, after instructing solicitors, to be entitled to challenge her mother’s Will that left her nothing.
Another example, where there was no Will made, saw an estate of over five million pounds pass to the deceased’s wife rather than to his current partner. The current partner instructed Solicitors who contested the Will on her behalf and successful provision was made to her.
We can help beneficiaries abroad too
If you are based in another European state and want to contest the Will of a person that died in the UK, we are also able to make a claim on your behalf. This is something we have been able to do successfully for many of our clients that live abroad.
How can we help you contest a Will?
Our multi-cultural inheritance lawyers can make a claim for you under the Inheritance Act and will guide you through every step of the process.
Our dedicated team offer practical and clear advice in your native language that will simplify and speed up the claims process.
Get in touch today with our inheritance claims specialist lawyers to find out how we can help you.
Funding your case
We understand that you may be going through a difficult period right now and that you will no doubt have a lot to pay out. Therefore, in some cases, we may be able to defer payment until the end of the case. During our initial call with you, a member of our team will be able to advise whether or not this can be an option for you.
Our fees for inheritance claims are quoted on a case by case basis, please speak with one of our helpful advisors today to obtain a quote tailored to your individual needs.