Contested Wills and Estates
Unfortunately, some Wills are found to be unenforceable because of the circumstances in which they were signed. This particularly applies with elderly people where it may not be clear that they understood what they were signing. It is also possible that they were under some kind of duress or have been deceived. In these circumstances the Courts will effectively cancel the Will.
It is also possible to challenge a Will on the basis that it has not made adequate provision for somebody who should have been better provided for in the Will and/or that it is in breach of some agreement that the deceased made while he or she was still alive.
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What happens if I am left out of the Will?
In many cases, if you are a spouse, child or grandchild of a deceased person, or if you are in a relationship of dependency upon the deceased person, you may well have a claim for a provision from the estate of the deceased person, even if you have been left out of that deceased person’s Will.
In most cases, the estate would also pay all of your legal costs for incurred in challenging a Will.
Even if you have been included in the Will in a small way, you may have a claim for an increased amount.
What is my risk in taking action to contest a Will … what costs might I incur?
By coming into Scammell & Co. to discuss possible action, the first half hour of your first meeting is free.
If it is decided to contest the Will, it is usual for the estate to pay the legal costs of each contesting party. This means the estate loses, not you. This is not automatic but is usual.
Is there a time limit for me to contest a Will?
The law specifies six months, from the date of Probate. However, it is sometimes possible to get an extension of time.
If possible, claims should be initiated before the Grant of Probate.