Apr 27, 2018

Are you concerned about a loved ones Will?

Losing a loved one is a very stressful time but complications can also arise if you have concerns about your loved ones Will. There are many reasons why you may be concerned about a Will. Although Wills are an important document which must be made freely and without undue influence it is often discussed between loved ones. This may be to reassure children or grandchildren that they will be provided for in the future or to ensure that executors (those whose task it is to ensure the wishes in the Will are completed) are happy to undertake that task. If a new Will is made after these discussions this may raise concerns.

Was your loved one suffering ill health at the time of their Will that may have affected their mental capacity? Were they likely to be influenced by someone or has a new Will appeared that no longer provides for you?

Under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 a claim can be brought against the deceased’s persons estate if you have concerns about the Will. There are however time limits so it’s important to act quickly. Once a grant of probate has been registered a person seeking to make a claim against the estate of the deceased person has only 6 months to do so. There are however ways in which the granting of probate can be delayed.

Here at Symonds Solicitors we have experience of Inheritance Act claims and can discuss with you any concerns you may have about your loved one’s Will.