The most common reason why an inheritance dispute will arise is where a party disputes the accuracy or overall validity of a Will. Alternatively, they may feel that inadequate provision has been made for them out of the estate of a loved one. If an estate isn’t being administered in an appropriate way by the executor or administrator then this can lead to disputes. Delays may also cause disagreements to arise, particularly if a party feels that the disbursement of assets is taking longer than it should.
In many instances, however, disputes arise because the deceased hadn’t made a Will or that a Will was made but is invalid, perhaps because of procedural irregularity.
Another source of dispute and disagreement is regarding the intestacy rules. When someone dies without a Will, the assets will pass to the closest living relative according to the rules of intestacy. In some instances, people close to the deceased such as an unmarried partner or another dependant, may feel that this is unfair.
If someone was dependant on the deceased prior to their death but haven’t been left enough money in order to support themselves, they may seek redress through the law. In such instances, some protection is offered through the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.