Settlement of daughter’s inheritance claim against her mother’s estate has been reached at mediation
Our specialist 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.
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 herself felt that her exclusion from her mother’s will was unfair and that she should be entitled to receive financial provision from the estate. We agreed with her and pursued an Inheritance Act claim, working on her behalf on a no win, no fee basis.
The Inheritance Act claim was defended by Mrs B’s children, as well as her brother, her niece and her nephew.
Mediation is a popular way of resolving inheritance disputes as it is a cheaper and faster alternative to normal court proceedings. In this case all the parties involved in the dispute agreed to take part in a mediation in an attempt to reach an out of court settlement of the inheritance claim.
The mediation was a success. We successfully negotiated a five figure settlement for Mrs B at the mediation. The settlement also included provision for the estate to fully pay all the legal costs associated with our client’s Inheritance Act claim.