Dealing with the emotions and grief of losing a loved one can be difficult to come to terms with, but this may be magnified if you feel that you have been unfairly excluded from your loved one’s Will.
Many people do not discuss their Will with their family before they die, which can lead to misunderstandings when the Will is read. Yet, is there anything you can do if you have been excluded from a Will?
You will need to establish if you have a valid claim against the Will and this will depend on a number of things. First of all, if your loved one had a financial responsibility for you and leaving you out of the Will means that you are no longer taken care of, you may be able to make a claim. You may have a claim if you are a spouse, child or even an elderly parent.
In addition, there are circumstances where the validity of the Will itself may be called in to question. If the Will was changed shortly before your family member died and resulted in everything being left to only one person or if the Will does not comply with the legal requirements of a Will it may be invalid. A Will must be witnessed and signed correctly and any witness cannot be a person who stands to financially benefit from the Will. If any of these parts of the Will are not correct, there may be a valid legal challenge.
If your loved one was ill and lacked capacity when their Will was drawn up, there may be a case for the Will to be challenged on these grounds.
When making the decision to challenge a Will, you should carefully consider the impact on you and the rest of your family. Any legal challenge is likely to cause a rift in your family which may not be reconcilable.
By speaking to a specialist Wills and Probate solicitor, you will be able to determine the likelihood of a successful claim and you can decide if you want to make a legal challenge to the Will.
This information provided in this article is not intended to constitute legal advice and each relationship breakdown requires careful consideration in our view by a fully qualified Solicitor before decisions are made and before you embark on a certain course of action.
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