A recent landmark case saw the Court of Appeal award over £160,000 to a daughter who had been left nothing in her mother’s Will. This means that adult children who have been left out of Wills may find it easier to challenge them if they have not been left a reasonable financial provision. Whilst the decision does provide further clarity to the interpretation of the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975 there are now fears of increasing legal challenges to the validity of a Will.
Will disputes can be expensive and quite apart from the cost they are likely to greatly increase family tensions. Such disputes are obviously best avoided.
Whether your family circumstances are complex or not the best advice is that any Will should be drafted by a solicitor. This should make it much easier to avoid challenges in the future.