It comes as a surprise to many people to learn you can legally challenge the Will of someone who has passed away, provided you meet certain requirements.
Relatives and dependants of the deceased who expected to be included in the will yet find themselves excluded (or not receiving as much as they expected) may be able to take the matter to court for consideration. It’s even possible to challenge what you are due under the laws of intestacy, which are the inheritance rules that apply if the person had no Will.
You may be wishing to contest a Will for other reasons. For example, a challenge can be brought if you think the deceased was threatened or pressured into making the Will. Or maybe you believe the deceased didn’t have the mental capacity to make a Will due to a medical condition such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
It’s also possible to challenge the validity of a Will, whereby you can argue the will wasn’t written up properly and therefore shouldn’t be used.
Inheritance claims aren’t simple matters, however, and they’re often difficult to bring forward. Whatever your reason for wanting to contest a will, you’ll need specialist advice on how strong your claim is and what you may be entitled to under the law.
At Robertsons Solicitors we have the expertise in inheritance disputes and will discuss your situation, assess your claim, and set out the best course of action. Inheritance dispute matters often have short timeframes in which you’re allowed to bring a claim, so acting quickly is always advised.