Five-figure settlement of no win, no fee inheritance claim
We have recently successfully represented a client in her claim against her late father’s estate under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975.
The claim was based on the fact that our client had need for financial provision from the estate. Her need arose from disabilities she suffered following an accident that had occurred a number of years previously. Unfortunately despite her disability her father had made no provision for her in his will.
The Inheritance Act allows certain categories of people to challenge a loved one’s will if it fails to make adequate financial provision for them, and this includes the deceased’s children. Claims made by young children who are still financially dependant are treated particularly favourably by the courts, but adult children (as in this case) are also able to make a claim.
We took up her casemand agreed to work on a no win, no fee basis. This meant that our client did not need to worry about legal costs.
The Inheritance Act claim was opposed by the estate on the basis that our client had previously received compensation for her injuries. However we were able to show that at the time of her father’s death, she was in need of financial provision and under the Inheritance Act she was entitled to receive it from the estate.
Our arguments succeeded and a settlement of the Inheritance Act claim was reached out of court, with the estate agreeing to make a five-figure payment that included our client’s legal costs.
If you would like to make a no win, no fee inheritance claim then contact our free legal helpline for a review of your case. We will assess the merits of your claim free of charge and if we feel that you are likely to succeed then we will take up the case on a no win, no fee basis.
Call our free national helpline on 0333 888 0404 or email us at [email protected].