When drafting a Will it is essential to make sure it complies with strict legal requirements in order to protect it from challenges. One of the requirements is that the person making the Will must do so voluntarily, without being coerced or put under pressure by anyone else. Lawyers often refer to this as “undue influence”.
If someone has died and you feel that they were pressured in to making certain gifts in their Will, you may be able to make a challenge.
Watch legal executive Katie Winslow explain what undue influence means in the below video.
Solicitor Kate Saunders explains what financial abuse is.
Challenging A Will's Validity Because Of Undue Influence
Contesting a will on the basis of undue influence is a serious allegation. You will be required to provide strong evidence to support your claim.
Many different types of pressure can be looked as coercion and will render a Will invalid. This can include physical violence, verbal bullying or lying to the person making a Will in order to get them to change their views on who should receive what.
To ensure you have a solid case and are well prepared for any legal issues that may arise, it’s vital that you work with experienced solicitors. Our Wills disputes team is one of the most respected in the UK and we have years of experience in helping people to challenge a Will.
Work With A Team Of Experts
Our expert team of specialist solicitors works full-time on Will dispute cases. We’ve helped clients make successful challenges to wills on the grounds of undue influence, and also helped beneficiaries and executors to defend claims made by others.
We know that this can be an upsetting time for you and your family. We look to make things as easy as possible for you and will explain what’s happening in plain English, not legal jargon. Our legal helpline is available 24/7 so there’s always someone to talk to you about your case.
At this difficult time, many of our clients are worried about having to go to court and the extra stress this can cause. We will try and keep your case out of court is possible by using mediators to negotiate a settlement. This not only reduces stress but can also help reduce costs and help you settle your case more quickly.
How To Pay For Your Claim
Contact us and we will give you a free initial assessment of your case, with no obligation to use our services afterwards.
If you choose to work with us, we can often offer “no win no fee” agreements, so you won’t pay if your claim is unsuccessful*. We also offer other ways to fund your case, including:
- Discounted Fee Agreements
- Legal Expense insurance (often included with home insurance policies)
Get In Touch And Receive Expert Advice
Our friendly and experienced team can advise you on any Will disputes involving an allegation of coercion or pressure. To speak to one of our experts about contesting a Will or defending a claim, call us or send us an online enquiry and we will get back to you.
* Subject to entering into a ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement in conjunction with our Allianz Support4Disputes insurance policy and complying with your responsibilities under its terms.