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Claims under the Inheritance Act

When someone dies and has not made suitable provision for their dependents in their will, it may be possible to make a claim under the Inheritance Act. It is also possible to claim where no will has been left.

Who can claim under the Inheritance Act?

Not everyone is entitled to make a claim under the Inheritance Act. Generally only immediate family, or those very close to the deceased – such as an unmarried partner can make a claim. For example:

What are the grounds for claiming under the Inheritance Act?

To make a claim it has to be shown that reasonable financial provision has not been made bycontact us the deceased for the claimant.

You and your solicitors must show to the court that the provision you have been left (if any) is not sufficient to meet your needs.

There is no set definition for what is ‘reasonable’, this will be decided on a case to case basis by the courts.

What factors are taken into account when claiming under the Inheritance Act?

The courts will consider the following:

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