Inheritance act claims
Under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 (“the Act”) certain people can bring a claim against a deceased persons estate whether or not there is a will.
Vardags can assist the following people to bring a claim under the Act:
a) A spouse or former spouse of the deceased if they have not remarried;
b) A dependant child of the deceased;
c) A person who has cohabited with the deceased for two years before death;
d) Anyone who was dependent on the deceased at the time of death.
If you fall within one of these categories or you are a personal representative of an estate which is the subject of a claim from one of the categories Vardags can advise on the merits of a claim. For more details please see our guide to inheritance act claims.
How Vardags can help with inheritance act claims
As one of the most successful family lawyers in London, Vardags is used to bringing and defending high value claims in the family law courts. This expertise extends to claims under the Act. Vardags will assess the likelihood of success in bringing or defending a claim. Generally awards under the Act have followed divorce awards for former spouses, but recent case law has raised doubts about this approach. We will advise on the likely award that the court will make. If you are currently receiving maintenance from a former spouse and you are concerned about what will happen on death please contact us now.
Vardags will also advise on claims involving children, whether under 18 or an adult, and dependents. We will consider any reasonable provision that should be made or any moral obligation owed by the deceased, and we will advise on the merits of such a claim.
We will guide you through the specific procedure and protocol to follow if you wish to bring a claim under the Act. If you are out of time for bringing such a claim we can apply to court for special discretion to allow your claim.
The first step is to arrange a meeting with one of our solicitors. Therefore, please call us on 020 7404 9390 or email us to make an appointment to come and see us.