Generally the law does not interfere with how people choose to dispose of their estate when they die. However the law does allow for a will or the division of the deceased's assets to be disputed.
The Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 allows you to claim against a deceased person’s estate if:
- You fall within the categories of claimant entitled to claim such as a surviving spouse, civil partner, child or cohabitee
- You were financially dependant on the deceased
- Inadequate financial provision has been made for you by the deceased
In addition you may also be able to dispute the will of the deceased if you believe:
- The deceased did not have the necessary mental capacity (testamentary capacity) at the time they made the will
- The will was not properly executed
- Where the will was executed under undue influence
We advise claimants, executors and trustees on the merits of making or defending a claim relating to the estate of the deceased. This service is available from our Luton and Berkhamsted offices. Appointments can also be offered in Hemel Hempstead.