It is becoming increasingly common for people to challenge wills and make claims on the estates of their deceased relatives. The process of disputing a will, or making a claim on an estate, can be time consuming and emotional. At Machins Solicitors we have a specialist legal expertise in this area.
The most common grounds for disputing a will are the following
Even where a will is valid and undisputed, or there is no will in place, a claim for financial provision may be made by a person who has not inherited or considers that they have not inherited as much as they need. Under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 the court can vary the distribution of an estate to benefit certain family members and dependants.
Our standard fixed fee for a first appointment is £150+VAT and includes:-
• Advice regarding your claim or the claim that is being made from a qualified legal expert
• An overview of what is required to take the matter forward
• An indication of the likely costs of taking the matter forward
A professionally drawn up will prepared by a regulated legal advisor who makes appropriate checks and keeps relevant records is much less likely to be successfully challenged than a home-made will. If you are concerned that your will might be challenged we can offer advice as to how best ensure that it will be upheld and your wishes will be followed.
We can also advise you if you are the executor or beneficiary of a will that is being challenged or if you believe that a will is invalid and you would like to challenge it. If you believe that you have grounds for disputing a will or challenging an estate, or you are an executor or beneficiary of a will or estate that is being challenged and you require advice, call our specialist team today.