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The Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975

Whilst generally speaking a person is entitled to direct what should happen to their assets following their death, there are rules which protect those who were dependant on the deceased prior to their death.  If you have been left out of a will entirely, not inherited as much as you need, or not inherited as a result of the intestacy rules where there is no will, you may have a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

Anyone can make a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 for reasonable provision as is necessary for their maintenance, other surviving spouses and civil partners who may be entitled to more.

Our lawyers have significant experience bringing and defending claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.  We can also advise in relation to amending wills.

If you think you may have a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, you will only have 6 months from the grant of representation or probate, you should therefore get in touch with us as soon as possible to discuss your potential claim.