Family inheritance claims
If a husband, wife or partner dies and has made a will, it may include financial provision for the surviving spouse or partner. All too often, however, people do not make wills and die intestate, which means that the state takes over and makes all the decisions about their estate. This may not be appropriate for the surviving partner and there is no provision whatsoever for a ‘common law’ partner, as this concept is not recognised in English law. Even if a will has been made, its terms may not be satisfactory.
The Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act provides a framework that may enable the terms of a will to be rewritten or the intestacy provisions altered. Children and other dependants can also bring claims under this act.
The rule is complicated, however, and we can advise you if your circumstances mean that you may have a relevant claim.