By Faye Evans TEP, Partner at Churchers Solicitors.
Otherwise known as ‘contesting the will’ or, more simply put: families fighting after someone has died (most commonly over money). 2020 has been a stark reminder of how important it is to ensure our affairs are in order whilst we are well enough to do so.
There are a couple of likely causes. The rise in house prices has meant that there is more, in financial terms, to fight over than used to be the case; people feel it is more likely to be worth their while, worth the risk of court proceedings. We also live in an increasingly litigious society. The emotional turbulence following the death of a loved one makes it even more challenging and disputes can escalate quickly, with long-lasting effects on relationships within the family.
There is no way to guarantee there won’t be any disputes after your death, however, there are steps you can take to minimise the likelihood of this and to minimise costs to your estate:
If you have any questions or wish to seek advice on any issue concerning the writing of a will, management of an estate or lasting power of attorney, please call Faye or someone from her team on 023 9282 0747.
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