Will and Estate Legal Assistance Portsmouth

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.

Tolcher & Co Marine Solicitors
07715 000583
8 Arethusa House
Portsmouth
Guildhall Barrister Chambers
023 92752400
16 Guildhall Walk
Portsmouth
Trac
023 92295060
All Saints Church
Portsmouth
Ashworths
023 92815458
153 Somers Road
Southsea
Harris & Co
023 92785757
Albemarle House
Southsea
Addison Madden
023 92827711
G 2 Unit Cumberland Business Centre
Southsea
Warner Goodman & Streat
023 92753575
Colman House
Portsmouth
Bolitho Way
02392 820747
13-18 Kings Terrace
Southsea
Allens Solicitors
02392 293773
15 Landport Terrace
Portsmouth
Large & Gibson
023 92296296
49 Kent Road
Southsea
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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.

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