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I qualified as a solicitor in 1998 and worked as a Personal Injury Specialist throughout my legal career, dealing with high value serious injury cases obtaining both compensation and rehabilitation for my clients. I was a member of APIL (Association Of Personal injury Lawyers) and recognised by the Law Society as being a Senior Personal Injury Solicitor.
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Probate claims and disputes relating to the inheritance of an individual’s estate after their death, are far more common than you may think. Not only are they likely to be upsetting and emotionally charged situations, but they can also drag on for some time. So, whether you are challenging probate or defending a claim, make sure that you choose a team of probate specialist with a long track record of success.
We’re all living longer and we’re all accumulating wealth. Whilst this is a fabulous endorsement of society and healthcare, it does mean that there are more and more arguments and disputes regarding the legacies we leave behind.
This seems to be especially frequent if the departed has suffered from any form of dementia or has drafted a D-I-Y Will, without any professional legal advice.
Here at PSR Solicitors, we thought that this article and overview may help those facing any issues resulting in the outcome of a Will.
We do not cover every point where a claim may occur, but have written this to provide some helpful insight into the more common areas of dispute.
From our experience, most of the probate arguments that lead to claims being made are:
As legal action in this area increases, there have been a growing number of challenging cases linked to:
As complicated as all this may seem at first glance, it’s worth noting that the law is fairly prescriptive in its general principles of inheritance and probate.
In English and Welsh law, there is a rule called The Principle of Testamentary Freedom. Which essentially means, as long as the Will is correctly executed, any individual is free to leave all or part of their estate to whomever they want, without any legal obligations to include, or provide for, any specific family members or individuals. All this assumes that they have the mental capacity to understand their actions and they do so under their own freewill.
However, even if the above requirements are met, and the Will is legally and correctly prepared, if any aggrieved person feels that it doesn’t provide a 'reasonable financial provision' for them, then a claim can be made under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.
The successful prosecution or defence of any claim will materially depend upon the unique circumstances surrounding the Will and the estate; as well as the experience and ability of your legal team.
At PSR Solicitors we will always put your best interests first, both financially and emotionally. We pride ourselves on our jargon-free and client focused approach.
We’re a plain talking independent firm that’s large enough to have all the probate specialists you’ll need underneath the roof of one of our seven offices.
If you have a probate problem, and could do with having a quick chat to one of our expert team, we’d be more than happy to give you a free overview of your individual circumstances.
Nia Edwards, who heads up our specialist wills and probate team, would be delighted to help you with any actions you wish to take. Contact her today, as it’s amazing how much better you’ll feel once you’ve taken that first step.
LLB (HONS) LAW DEGREE
Solicitor - Head of Private Client & Probate
I am Head of ‘Private Client’ at PSR Solicitors, based in our Shotton office. I undertake various types of legal services such as Wills and Probate, Estate Administration, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Landlord & Tenant as well as Divorce and family matters.
Tel: 01244 810 830
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