If you’re someone who won’t inherit anything from the Estate of someone who’s died or you’re going to receive less than you were expecting, you should speak to a specialist Contentious Probate Solicitor as soon as possible.
It doesn’t matter if the person who died left a Will or not, if you weren’t married or even if you’re not a blood relative.
You may still have a claim for financial support, which would be made under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) act 1975.
There are strict time limits involved and so don’t delay in talking to one of our specialist Contentious Probate Solicitors.
Make an Inheritance Act Claim
Inheritance Act claims can be made when there is a Will and even when no Will was left and the Estate is being distributed according to the Rules of Intestacy (inheritance law). These rules do not include unmarried partners, no matter how long you’ve been living together, or step-children.
Inheritance disputes are incredibly personal and emotional, particularly following the loss of a loved one. Our specialist Contentious Probate Solicitors will take their time to discuss your circumstances with you sensitively and in detail. This will allow us to tell you exactly where you stand and what your options are.
If you’re not sure if you have a claim or you want to see how we can help you, call our Wills and Trusts Solicitors today.
Who Can Make An Inheritance Act Claim?
It’s important to understand that there are some rules about who can make an Inheritance Act claim. People who can make a claim under the Inheritance Act include:
- A husband, wife or civil partner
- A former husband, wife or civil partner
- Anyone who’s lived with the person who died as if they were their husband, wife or civil partner for at least two years before they died
- A child of the person who died, no matter how young or old
- Someone who is not a biological child and was not adopted but was treated as a child of the family
- Anyone who was partly or wholly maintained by the deceased before they died
If you’re not sure if your situation fits under these rules, call our specialist Solicitors who can provide you with expert legal advice.
Time Limits on Inheritance Act Claims
There are strict time limits on making Inheritance Act Claims.
You only have six months from the date of the Grant of Probate, where there was a Will or Grant of Letters of Administration, if there was no Will.
It’s really important to stay within these time limits, as the Court rarely gives permission to make a claim outside of these times.
Don’t miss out making an Inheritance Act claim because you missed the time limit.
What Will It Cost?
You’re probably worried about how much making an Inheritance Act claim will cost. It’s really does depend on how complicated your claim is and whether we need to go to Court or not.
We offer free initial advice so we can discuss your situation and tell you if we think you have a claim. We can then talk in more detail about your circumstances to get the full picture.
Once we’re sure you have an Inheritance Act claim, we can discuss your options and how much it will cost.
We often work on a No Win, No Fee basis. Just ask us if we can do this for your claim. If not, we’ll tell you all about your options. These include the following funding options:
- Legal Expenses Insurance
- No Win, No Fee, known as a Condition Fee Agreement or CFA
- Payment at the end of the claim
- Pay monthly
- Litigation loans
Our first consultation is free and you have no obligation to continue to make a claim, even if you make an enquiry.
We’ll give you different, practical solutions, an overview of the costs and help you make an informed decision on what to do next.
We’ll always give you clear, legal advice so you know where you stand every step of the way.
Why Choose Simpson Millar?
Our experienced team of Contentious Probate Solicitors have many years’ experience with Inheritance Act claims. They’ve helped many people just like you to bring a successful claim.
We are the “open lawyers” and we want to open up the law to you by making the law easy to understand and accessible. Part of that is to make sure you understand the process, know what the next steps are and how much it will cost.
We’ll also consider if we’re prepared to take on your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis. Just ask us about this option.
You can be sure that our expert Solicitors will give you that information and be right there with you throughout your claim.
Call us now to discuss your options.
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