Disputed Wills: What are the rights of a long-term partner excluded from a will signed before their relationship?

Our Disputed Wills team have accepted instructions from a client whose late mother’s Estate is subject to a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

Our client is the sole beneficiary of her mother’s estate under a Will signed three years before her mother met her long term partner, with whom she spent the latter period of her life. The partner has not been provided for under the Will and has signalled his intent to bring a claim for reasonable financial provision.

The case gives rise to issues about the specific intentions of those who have passed away where they have made a Will, but for whatever reason have not changed it to include specific provision for those they have formed relationships with since.

As claims for reasonable provision from an estate must be brought within six months of the grant of probate, such matters can often feel overwhelming for beneficiaries at what is already a difficult time after the loss of a loved one.

It is important that independent legal advice is sought quickly and our expert team provide a sensitive and personal service to assist in what are often complex family disputes.

To discuss your case with our Disputed Wills team please contact us on 0161 928 9321.