One common reason our contentious trust and probate team see Wills being disputed is because the Will is believed to be invalid. It is important when making your Will that you understand how a valid Will is made and ensure you take the appropriate steps, to avoid your loved ones having to possibly raise a claim when you have passed away. In this article, we discuss what makes a Will invalid and what to do if you believe your loved one has left behind an invalid Will.
Category: Dispute Management
When a person makes a Will, they must have testamentary capacity to ensure their Will is valid. Over recent years, we have seen huge percentages of Wills being contested due to doubt over a Testator’s (the person who made the Will) capacity. In this article, we’ve explained what the testamentary capacity requirements are and shared points you need to consider if you have any doubts over an individual’s capacity when they made their Will.
Unfortunately, recent prosecutions of forged Wills or Wills that have been tampered with show that forgeries are possibly on the rise. In this article, we’ll discuss what to do if you suspect a Will has been forged.
There are various reasons why people dispute a Will. However, one of the common reasons for contesting a Will is, sadly, undue influence. In this blog, we explain more about what undue influence is and what to do if you suspect someone has been unduly influenced when making their Will.
Dilapidations is a specific area of the law which refers to rental properties, both residential and commercial, that are in disrepair. It’s an area of the law both landlords and tenants should be aware of. In this blog, we’ve explained the purpose of dilapidation claims and what landlords should do if they wish to make a claim.
Over the years, we have seen the number of people raising probate disputes increase. Whatever the reason for disputing a Will, we always recommend seeking early advice to determine the right course of action, which may require you to take immediate steps to prevent probate from going ahead. In this article, we’ve shared our advice on the first steps to take when you have concerns over the validity of a Will.
If a person passes away intestate, it means they haven’t left a valid Will in place. This means that their estate will be dealt with according to the Rules of Intestacy. In this blog, we’ve shared what this means and why we always recommend adults of all ages have a valid Will in place and ensure it is up to date following any major life changes.
Not seeing eye-to-eye with a neighbour is unfortunately not uncommon and having friction with the people that live in close proximity can be difficult and often anxiety-inducing. When situations arise with neighbours and the issues get out of hand – like nuisance disputes – it is best to resolve them quickly and professionally.
Boundary disputes are one of the most common neighbour disputes that property owners and occupiers can come across. If there is a disagreement when determining a boundary between two or more properties, it can often escalate into a frustrating, costly and lengthy situation that can be difficult to resolve without the correct information or procedures.
Neighbour disputes are sadly, not uncommon and in many cases, such disputes can escalate into lengthy and costly legal proceedings. However, it is always in all party’s best interests to resolve such disputes quickly and remain as amicable as possible, due to the close proximity of both parties.