Do you have a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975?
About the Inheritance Act 1975:
At GESols we understand that the death of a loved one can be an extremely difficult and upsetting time. It can be made worse, if you later discover that you have been inadequately provided for or even excluded from their Will. The Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 can assist those who:
- Have been left out of a Will
- Have been left out due to intestacy, as there is no Will
- Have been inadequately provided for within a Will
The Inheritance Act 1975 sets out criteria which people must satisfy in order to be able to claim reasonable financial provision for the deceased’s estate.
Who can make an Inheritance Act claim?
The Inheritance Act 1975 enables certain people to make a claim on an estate:
- The spouse/civil partner of the deceased
- Cohabitees, who were living with the deceased for at least two years prior to their death
- Child/children of the deceased
- Other dependants who were being maintained by the deceased
Time limits for bringing a claim under the Inheritance Act 1975
It is important to remember that there is a strict time limit in which a claim can be brought against an estate. You only have six months from the Grant of Representation to issue a claim under the Inheritance Act. It may still be possible, with the Court’s permission, to bring a claim under the Inheritance Act 1975 if the time limit has passed.
At GESols our dedicated team can provide further assistance and guidance in relation to a potential inheritance disputes and bringing a claim under the Inheritance Act 1975 – don’t delay, contact us today!