Will Claims on the Increase

New figures released recently demonstrate a trend that our specialist Contentious Probate Solicitors have noticed of late; an increase in the number of claims being brought at Court to challenge the terms of a Will.

The Times have reported that there was an increase in 2015 in the number of claims brought in the High Court to challenge the terms of a Will. Although the number quoted by the Times was 116, this does not take into account the number of claims issued in the County Court or the number of claims that settle prior to reaching Court.

Tim Watson, one of our Contentious Probate Solicitors, comments as follows:

Inheritance Disputes generally and, in particular, claims in which somebody’s Will is being contested are on the increase and have been for some time. It is widely believed that there are two main causes. First, increasing house prices mean that the values of Estates are rising, providing more of an incentive to bring a claim against the Estate. Secondly, increasingly complex family set-ups mean people are more willing to bring a claim. At Brewer Harding & Rowe, we have noticed an increase in the number of instructions we are receiving to pursue these types of claims. For this reason, we have set-up a new website dedicated to Inheritance Disputes, which sets out detailed information regarding how these claims work and what they mean in practice. The website can be found here www.disputeoverawill.co.uk

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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