It is common for people to make promises to family members about what will be left to them in a Will. This can be anything from the family home or business to money to specific items.
Disputes can arise when a person dies and those promises are not reflected in the Will. If promises have been made, these agreements may need to be proved in court before the specific items promised can be distributed.
Cases like this can be very difficult for everyone involved. There may be arguments about who is getting what and emotions can understandably run high. Our team of experienced and sensitive lawyers can provide you with the expert legal advice and assistance you need to work through cases involving pre-death arrangements.
When a broken promise has occured in someone's Will, it is known as Proprietary Estoppel. Julia Burns provides more information on this in the video below.
To talk to our experts about contesting a Will or defending a claim by another person, please call 0370 1500 100 today for a no obligation, initial discussion.
Experts in Claims Relating To Agreements Outside Wills
When pre-death agreements are made and not written in a Will, inheritance disputes can arise. We deal with a diverse selection of cases involving pre-death agreements but there are some circumstances we come across more regularly.
For example, children who have worked on a parent's farm for a number of years and have been led to believe they will inherit the farm after their parents' death, sometimes find that the will doesn't reflect this. The child may then wish to contest the written Will, especially if they have accepted low pay or passed up other opportunities in the belief that they would inherit the farm.
To succeed in this claim, it must be proved that the person who died made the promises and that it was relied upon to the child’s detriment.
Whatever your circumstances, we have the experience and expertise to help you successfully challenge a Will if you did not receive what was promised to you.
Funding A Will Dispute
We are able to offer a full range of funding options, including:
- 'No win no fee' agreements*
- Discounted fee agreements
- Legal expense insurance (often included with home insurance policies)
We will accept cases on a 'No Win No Fee' basis wherever we can. In the right situation we can also sort out insurance for your case which will give you peace of mind and security throughout the legal process. As well as putting your mind at rest, this insurance will protect you from having to pay the legal fees of the other party and from any other losses if you do not win.
Working With Irwin Mitchell
Our Wills disputes lawyers are highly experienced and highly regarded in their field. We understand that the law around Wills and inheritance can be confusing, so we promise to support you throughout this testing time, providing straightforward and clear advice. Our legal helpline is available 24/7, so there’s always someone you can talk to about your case.
Many of our clients are worried about going to court. We understand that this is already a stressful time for you, so we will try and work with mediators and keep your case out of court where possible. As well as reducing stress, this also keeps costs down and can result in a quicker settlement of your case.
For an initial no obligation discussion with one of our experts, please 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.