Herrington Carmichael: FAMILY DISPUTE: Have you been left out of a family will?

Have you been cut out of your parents Will or your partner’s Will when you perhaps expected to receive something? Maybe your siblings who are better off financially than you have inherited all of your parent’s estate.

Families are complicated affairs and unfortunately the cracks that may or may not have been present become chasms on the passing of a family member and entrenched positions can make any kind of discussion very difficult.

Applying to contest Inheritance

The Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975 provides that a specified group of people can apply to the courts if they can show that the deceased person’s Will does not make reasonable financial provision for them. The application can be made even in the event of the deceased person dying and not having a Will if the effect of the intestacy rules would mean that reasonable financial provision has not been made for the person applying.

The group of people who can make such an application are as follows:

  • the spouse or civil partner of the deceased
  • the former spouse or civil partner provided that person has not remarried or entered into a subsequent civil partnership
  • a child of the deceased person
  • any person who is treated as a child of the family by the deceased person and this includes former relationships
  • any other person who immediately prior to the death of the deceased person was being wholly or partly maintained by the deceased person.

Inheritance Claims

It is important to remember that Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act claims are fact sensitive and the courts are concerned to establish whether reasonable financial provision has been made for a specified group of people and that is considered in the light of the light relative financial positions of the beneficiaries.

Our family disputes and contentious probate specialists have advised a number of clients on the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act in recent years, and we are increasingly seeing more enquiries on the Act.

Full article online – Read in full at www.herrington-carmichael.com/family-dispute-left-out-of-a-will

If you would like to know more about making a Will or inheritance disputes, please contact one of our specialists.

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