The UK’s Trusted Probate Specialists
The starting point is always to seek legal help from a solicitor experienced in contesting wills. The need to act quickly is crucial as contesting a will prior to probate being obtained is much easier, whilst it is important that no estate assets are distributed.
As a child of the deceased you options as regards contesting the will, ultimately depend upon what legal grounds you to challenge the will. Here are the important points to note :-
- As a child of the deceased you automatically fall within the list of persons entitled to contest a will.
- The starting point is always get hold of a copy of a will quickly from the Executor – this enables investigations to be undertaken promptly.
- If an Executor refuses to disclose a copy of the will then a caveat can be issued.
- Once a copy of the will is obtained preliminary investigations can then be undertaken to determine whether the will can actually be contested for example did the testator have the capacity ? was the will correctly executed ? was undue exerted ?
- Even if the will is still valid, if you are a child of the deceased and left out of a will, and no provision is left, you can make a claim under the Inheritance Act for reasonable financial provision
If you have been cut of a will and need help, we specialise in will disputes – speak to Tim Murden on 01482 429985 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org