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Inheritance disputes

Our lawyers have dealt with a number of high profile inheritance disputes

In particular cases where the following issues have arisen:

  • Capacity – the deceased has made a will, but it is questionable whether he or she had the mental capacity to deal with their property at the time it was made.
  • Gifts or transfers have been made pre-death, for the benefit of heirs of the deceased, which are later called into question.
  • Duress and undue influence – duress or undue influence was placed on the deceased to favour certain people in their will who would not otherwise have expected to inherit so much.
  • Professional negligence – inadequate or incorrect advice has been given in relation to life time gifts and wills which has resulted in those who would have otherwise inherited losing out.

Testamentary capacity & undue influence

Where the deceased made a will issues may arise as to whether he or she had the legal capacity to deal with their property at the time it was made. Indeed, there may be a concern that duress or undue influence was placed on the deceased to favour certain people in their will who would not otherwise have expected to inherit so much. Conversely some wills ignore the rights of persons to whom the testator, whilst alive, gave legally binding assurances as to what they would inherit. In all these cases Viberts can advise whether a remedy exists and how to set about securing it.

Viberts’ personal law team can advise whether a remedy exists and how to set about securing it. If you require help contact us today: +44 (0) 1534 632263
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