The question of who can contest a Will is perhaps one of the most frequently asked in contested probate. The rules as to who can make a claim are quite complex and the best way to get your question answered is to get in touch and provide details of your circumstances.
As a general guide, the following groups of people will usually be able to contest a Will:
Family members looking to either restore an earlier will or ask the court to declare a will invalid (so that the rules of intestacy apply) may be able to claim.
Certain family members can also claim that the Will did not make reasonable financial provision for them – find out more.
If you are a beneficiary under the Deceased’s Will and the executors have not paid your inheritance to you, you may be able to make a claim. The claim would be that the executor was acting unreasonably by failing to distribute the estate.
If you stood to benefit under the Deceased’s will but then a new Will comes to light under which you are no longer a beneficiary, you may be able to claim.
If the Deceased owed you money, you may be able to claim. Find out more.
If the Deceased promised you something (which they did not then deliver in their Will) and you relied on that promise to your detriment, you may be able to claim. Find out more.
If the Deceased provided for you financially during their lifetime, you may be able to make a claim for reasonable provision. This applies even if you were not related to the Deceased. Find out more.
We can advise you as to whether you are entitled to make a claim – just get in touch, without obligation.