A Will is an official legal document, so there are certain rules that must be followed in order for the Will to be valid. These rules range from the relatively simple, such as the person writing the Will must be 18 or over, to the potentially complex, such as the person writing the Will must be of sound mind.
It is common for nobody to realise that a Will is invalid until the person making the Will has died. That leaves friends and family in a difficult position – what do you do when a loved one has died but their Will is invalid?
In some cases mistakes can be rectified by applying to court to have the Will corrected. In other cases friends and family may end up in a dispute over what to do with the estate, especially when somebody feels they have been unfairly left out of the Will or not adequately provided for.
To find out more about invalid Wills, watch legal executive Katie Winslow in this video.
Legal expert Julie Burns talks about challenging a valid Will.
How Our Wills Disputes Experts Can Help
We have one of the UK’s most respected teams of Wills disputes experts. If you would like to contest an invalid Will, we may be able to help you. We have particular expertise in challenging Wills when the person making the Will:
- Was not of sound mind
- Was put under pressure to leave certain items to others
- Did not follow the necessary rules around signing the Will or having it properly witnessed
We understand that this can be a difficult time and that the stress of dealing with a Will dispute can add to the heartache and grief that you are already going through. We’ll look to make things as easy for you as possible and we’ll explain what’s happening in plain English rather than legal jargon.
Our specialist team can also help you if you are acting as executor and someone else is claiming that the Will is invalid. You can rely on us to help you defend any claims in an efficient and determined manner.
As a national law firm with offices across the country, we can help you wherever you are.
Contesting An Invalid Will - Client Story
We helped Keith Bartlett contest his father's invalid Will, securing him a fairer share of the estate.
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