Disputes after death
There are many reasons why a will might be invalid or subject to challenge after someone has died, which can lead to a dispute.
Ensuring that your will accurately reflects your wishes, and is updated upon any significant life change is important, but after death it must be executed correctly for the will to be valid, and to avoid any dispute.
If undue influence has been exerted on someone who is elderly or vulnerable to change their will, then a dispute could arise. Equally if some lacks capacity when making or updating their will, it could be invalid or subject to challenge.
The Inheritance Act of 1975 also gives current or formerly family members limited rights to dispute a will. This could be the spouse, former spouse, cohabitee or step children. There are strict time limits within which any dispute must be raised.
If you need legal advice on disputes after death, please call to arrange an appointment.