Contesting a Will

If you're unhappy with the outcome of a Will after a person's death, you may have grounds to contest it. The death of a loved one can be a difficult and stressful time, sometimes heightened if there has been complications with a Will. At Forbes Solicitors, our team of specialist Dispute Resolution solicitors are able to provide expert advice and assist with a legal dispute.

Reasons to contest a Will

There are a number of reasons why you might wish to contest a Will and it can become a distressing situation whilst going through the grieving process. A Will is only legally valid if the signature of the deceased has been witnessed by at least two people, who will then also have to provide a signature. Problems may arise in terms of when or how the witnesses were involved with the signing of the Will, which could then potentially lead to a dispute.

Other reasons why you may want to enquire about contesting a will include:

  • Invalidity of the Will
  • Will contains a mistake
  • Suspicions the Will has been forged or tampered with
  • You're not mentioned in the Will
  • Testamentary capacity
  • Undue influence
  • Statutory Will – the Will is made on behalf of the deceased

Who can contest a Will?

It's essential you are aware of your rights if you are considering contesting or defending a Will. The person who is eligible to contest a Will depends on the circumstance of the situation, with the following commonly coming forward to raise a dispute:

  • Beneficiaries of the Will
  • Those who have been promised parts of the estate left in the Will
  • Third parties who have been directly affected by the contents of the Will
  • Those who are dependent on the deceased and not including in the Will

How we can help you

Due to the complex nature of this area of law, it's advised that legal assistance is sought if you're thinking of contesting a Will. Forbes Solicitors are able to provide high-quality advice and assistance in regards to whether you have possible grounds for contesting a will, as well as ensuring that you are supported throughout the entirety of the case.

Get in touch with one of our Dispute Resolution solicitors today by calling 0800 689 3206 or send us an email using the online form.

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