"Where there's a will, there's a war". So they say. Indeed, new research from Friends Provident suggests that three quarters of British citizens do not have a will, and 24% of people anticipate that their inheritance could cause arguments among relatives.
It is an unfortunate fact that whether or not a Will has been made, the death of a loved one can mean that there's a real possibility of a dispute arising out of it.
It may be that a person who hasn't been provided for in a will believes that they should have been, or should have received a larger inheritance than they did. It could be that there is a dispute arising from the will itself, or its interpretation. There can be disagreements to do with the role of executors, or the solicitors appointed under the will. The increasingly complex ways in which families are structured, with multiple marriages, children from each, blended families and rocketing house prices, can all lead to highly charged family fights after a death.
Our specialist Dispute Resolution team has a wealth of knowledge and experience in dealing with such disputes and can advise on:
* Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975
* Disputes involving Executors or Trustees
* Disputes arising from Powers of Attorney
* Negligently drafted Wills and professional negligence claims generally
* Cases involving trusts and estoppel claims