Claims Against an
Estate

Your dedicated lawyer will guide you through your claim against an estate

Inheritance disputes

Claims against an estate

What should you consider?

Large and complex estates can present even more challenges, and it’s vital you have the experts on your side.

We understand that disputes of this sensitive nature will often involve disputes within the family and so can be particularly difficult. We can assist whether you have any concerns, or if you are administering an estate where others have some concerns and do not know how best to proceed.

Who can claim against an estate?

Parties who can claim against an estate include:

  • A spouse or civil partner

  • A former spouse or civil partner, provided they have not remarried or registered a new civil partnership, and they should not have a court order barring them from making a claim at the time of the split.

  • Any other person with whom the deceased was cohabiting continuously for the two years immediately preceding death as spouse or civil partner.

  • Any children including illegitimate, adopted and adult children, and children conceived but not yet born at the time of death, but not stepchildren unless they have also been adopted.

  • Any person who the deceased treated as a child of the family in relation to any marriage or civil partnership and who was dependant (eg a former spouse’s child from a former relationship).

  • Any person the deceased maintained, financially or in other valuable manner; the person must have been looked after death to qualify for a claim.

We're here to help navigate the complex laws

Our inheritance dispute specialists will support you throughout the process

Popular questions about making a claim
against an estate

A claim for reasonable financial provision must be made within six months after probate or letters of administration have been issued, although the court can extend this period in certain circumstances.

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Your inheritance disputes team

Andrew Kelly

Associate Solicitor

Andrew has over twenty years litigation experience and has worked on a wide range of contentious probate matters. He has a particular interest in Will disputes; Inheritance Act claims; Proprietary estoppel; and Professional negligence.

 

Elizabeth Stiddard

Contentious Private Client Paralegal

Elizabeth is a Contentious Private Client Paralegal. Her passion for private client work stemmed from her training period at Goughs, when she realised that she had a natural empathy with clients and their difficult and challenging situations, and could use the law to help them to achieve the positive outcomes that they deserved.

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