Relatives and loved ones often feel upset and aggrieved about being disinherited or the amount of inheritance they receive under a Will or on an Intestacy.
In English law there is no requirement for a person to leave any of their Estate to particular people if they chose not to do so. However, if certain people believe that a Will or Intestacy does not make reasonable provision for them, it is possible for that person to make an application for further provision out of an Estate to be made under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.
Such claims can be made by a variety of people such as spouses, divorced spouses, civil partners, co-habitees, children and dependants.
The extent of such claims varies widely from case to case and there are short time limits in making any such claims.
It is therefore vitally important that specialist advice is taken at the earliest possible opportunity.
Court Proceedings can be not only expensive but also extremely time consuming and stressful. In many Inheritance, Will and Trust Disputes, family relations can also be strained and threat of court proceedings can only heighten such tensions. That is why at Taylor&Emmet we will discuss with you the potential for alternative methods to resolve matters including open meetings or mediations which often provide a quicker, more cost-effective method of providing clients with a satisfactory solution.