Inheritance Act Claims

Under this Act, a claim can be made against a deceased person’s estate if inadequate financial provision has been made.
Claims may only be brought under the Inheritance Act within a very short period after a death.

In order to bring a claim, it is necessary for you to fall into a specific category (for example, as a surviving spouse or civil partner) or to show that you were dependent on the deceased immediately before their death. The most likely people to bring claims against a deceased’s estate under the Inheritance Act are spouses, former spouses, civil partners, former civil partners, children of the deceased and cohabitees.

Under the Act, the court can make a variety of orders including a transfer of property and payment of a lump sum to you from the deceased’s estate. When considering whether to make an order in your favour, the court will have regard to a number of factors including the needs and resources of all relevant parties and the size and nature of the net estate.

This is a highly technical area of the law and we are one of the few family law teams in the North West of England which is able to give clear advice at the outset regarding the prospect of challenging a Will or bringing a claim against an estate.

Family law solicitors

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