What to do when you are disinherited.
Have you been shocked to discover you have been disinherited by a loved one? Do you want to know if there is any legal action you can take?
When someone has been disinherited there are several legal options open to them. These include making an Inheritance Act claim, challenging the validity of the Will, or bringing an equitable interest case.
Inheritance Act claims
The Inheritance Act allows selected categories of people to challenge a Will in order to seek a fairer distribution of the estate. So even if you have been specifically excluded from a Will, you may still be entitled to financial provision from the estate.
Inheritance Act claims are governed by strict time limits. Therefore, if you are considering a claim it is important to speak to us as quickly as you can and to avoid delay. We offer a free case assessment service and our expert lawyers will be able to tell you whether you qualify to make an Inheritance Act claim and if so, what your claim could be worth.
Challenging the validity of a Will
Another option you have if you have been disinherited is to consider whether the Will itself is legally valid. There are a number of different grounds upon which the validity of a Will can be challenged. These include:
Again, you can quickly find out where you stand by speaking to one of our expert lawyers on our free helpline.
Bringing an equitable interest case
You can make an equitable interest claim in tandem with either of the above options, or on its own. These cases are based on the premise that you are already legally entitled to receive all or part of an estate, irrespective of what the Will says. This includes situations where someone has made contributions to purchasing or renovating a property, or an estoppel claim where they have acted in reliance on a promise that they would inherit.
So, for specialist guidance on what to do when you are disinherited call the national experts for a free review on 0333 888 0404 or email us at [email protected]