Settlement of daughter’s inheritance claim against her mother’s estate is reached at mediation
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Our contentious probate team recently represented Mrs B at a successful mediation of her claim against her mother’s estate under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.
Her inheritance claim had been defended by her children, her brother, her niece and her nephew. Mrs B had been excluded from her mother’s will following a long period of estrangement arising from a family argument that had taken place many years ago.
Mrs B felt that her exclusion from the will was unfair and that she should be entitled to receive financial provision from her late mother’s estate. We agreed with her and pursued an Inheritance Act claim on her behalf.
Mediation is a popular way of resolving inheritance disputes and is a cheaper and faster alternative to normal court proceedings. In this case all the parties to the dispute agreed to take part in a mediation in an attempt to reach an out of court settlement of the inheritance claim.
We successfully negotiated a five figure settlement for Mrs B at the mediation which provided for full payment of her legal costs associated with her inheritance claim.