Inheritance Dispute

Several national newspapers have recently run stories regarding the distribution of the Estate of the late Lynda Bellingham, the actress well known for, in particular, the Oxo adverts. She died in October 2014 and the reports suggest she made a Will leaving her entire Estate to her husband Michael Pattermore. The reports also suggest that her two sons, Michael and Robbie Peluso, are not entitled to anything from their late mother’s Estate and are in the process of challenging her Will.

Although it is not clear on which ground or grounds the Will is going to be disputed (there are several), the case serves as a reminder as to how easily inheritance disputes can arise. More often than not, problems first arise due to a lack of communication and parties working on misinformation. Positions then become entrenched, which makes agreement or settlement more difficult. It is therefore vital to obtain specialist legal advice when an inheritance dispute first seems likely to arise so you know both the legal and practical ways of dealing with the dispute in the best way possible.

Our specialist contentious probate solicitors provide legal advice regarding claims to challenge or dispute a Will and on all other types of inheritance disputes. If you would like to discuss a potential claim, call us on 01271 340655 for an initial free no obligation discussion. For certain inheritance dispute claims we are able to offer a No Win No Fee Agreement.

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