Inheritance Act claims

English law provides an opportunity for a wide variety of people to claim financial provision from an estate if they feel that a deceased's will or intestacy does not make 'reasonable financial provision' for them.

Who can make an Inheritance Act claim?

To bring a claim, an applicant must fall into one of the following categories: 

  • Surviving spouses and civil partners
  • Former spouses and civil partners
  • Children (including adult children and anyone who was treated as if they were a child of the deceased)
  • Cohabitees
  • Dependants

Our approach to Inheritance disputes

We bring claims on behalf of a broad range of individuals under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, commonly known as Inheritance or 1975 Act claims.

In defending claims, we draw on our extensive experience in representing charity clients which regularly face claims from individuals under the Inheritance Act. 
Whichever side we represent, we work to achieve a settlement out of court where possible. However, we will take claims to trial in the face of unreasonable behaviour.

How we can help

If you are looking at bringing an Inheritance Act claim or need to be defended in an Inheritance dispute, our team would be happy to help.  Call us today on +44 (0)20 7597 6483.

Our team

We acted for the widow bringing the very first 'big money' 1975 Act claim.

The team has considerable experience and practical knowledge in representing clients in claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 (commonly known as Inheritance or 1975 Act claims).

Paul Hewitt is a co-author of the Law Society's Inheritance Act Claims and Natasha Stourton contributes the chapter on 1975 Act claims for the Law Society's Probate Practitioner's Handbook.

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