Will and Estate Legal Assistance Dunfermline

When creating a will and planning an estate having sound legal advice is of the utmost importance. A competent legal professional can help you and your loved ones avoid problems in the future when your assets are to be disbursed. Read through the following articles to learn more about will and estate legal assistance and find local companies and providers who can help you find what you’re looking for.

T Queen
01383 738159
12 Abbey Park Place
Dunfermline
Arlow Brown
01383 626626
14 New Row
Dunfermline
Drummond Miller
01383 624244
5 East Port
Dunfermline
Gorrie & Davidson
01383 723618
26 Viewfield Terrace
Dunfermline
Macbeth Currie & Co
01383 731011
38 High Street
Dunfermline
W & J Reid
01383 724114
34 Queen Anne Street
Dunfermline
W & A S Bruce
01383 738888
15 Chalmers Street
Dunfermline
Hunter Burns & Ogg
01383 725906
11 Albany Business Centre
Dunfermline
Malcolm Jack & Matheson
01383 723444
Walmer House
Dunfermline
Mcilroy Hipwell
01383 622109
24 Chalmers Street
Dunfermline
Data Provided by:
 

Contested Will & Testament

Contested Wills

Contested Will & Testament | Disputing the Inheritance & Estate Sometimes after a will is read, people have concerns that the will may not be valid or has been changed in some way. The most frequent causes of concern involve suspicions that the deceased wasn’t of sound mind when they made the will or that someone unduly influenced them to change the will in their favour.

The court will always initially assume that the will is valid so it is up to the contestant to prove that it isn’t. To contest a will the first step is to contact a local solicitor and apply for a caveat. This will prevent the estate from being distributed for the next six months.

There are several ways in which a Will can be contested:
  • it can be judged invalid and set aside altogether.

  • there can be a dispute over what is intended so that some (or all) bequests may fail.

  • a dependant may make a claim to the court if the Will does not provide for them.

Under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, a will can be contested if:

  • you are the husband or wife of the deceased, a former husband or wife of the deceased (and you have not remarried), a child of the deceased or if you were treated by the deceased as their own child in relation to a marriage (for example, a step child).

  • you were being maintained by the deceased before their death even if you do not fall into any of the above categories.

  • you have been living with and as the partner of the deceased for a period of no less than 2 years prior to their death.
You need to think very carefully before you decide to contest a Will. It can be a difficult and stressful process that can be time consuming, complex, costly and emotionally draining. It can also cause irreparable damage to family relationships.

Click here to read the rest of this article from Newton Mearns

What: Where: