If a loved one has passed away and their Will contains errors or is unclear, we understand how this can cause tension and disputes between family members.
Wills are not always easy to understand, so it’s important to get specialist advice if you’re dealing with one that isn’t clear, or if you think a mistake has been made.
You should seek professional legal advice if you believe that:
The Will writer made a mistake – If the person who drafted the Will didn’t understand the deceased’s wishes, the Will won’t reflect how they wanted their estate to be distributed. In this case, you may be able to make a claim against the Will writer. For more information, see our Professional Negligence page.
There has been a clerical error – This includes spelling mistakes and errors in recording numbers. It also includes factual errors made in the Will.
Mistakes such as these can cause disputes between family members who believe that they have not been fairly provided for. There may also be disputes with executors over the true intention of the Will.
If the Will contains a mistake, speak to us about how to get it corrected. With evidence of the mistake and the deceased's intended meaning, we can apply to the court for changes. This process is called rectification.
You may also be involved in a dispute due to unclear wording in the Will. If you can't come to an agreement with other beneficiaries and the executor on the meaning, we can help you apply to the court to interpret the Will. This process is called construction.
We know that this will be a stressful time for you. Our Will, Trust & Estate Disputes team is the largest in the country, so we have the experience and expertise to help you reach a positive resolution. We are particularly good at dealing with complex cases and those involving significant assets.
If you’d like advice about an unclear or inaccurate Will, we’re here to help. Call us today on 0345 604 4895, or fill out our
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