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What if I haven’t been left anything in a Will? Can I contest it?

There are several grounds upon which it is potentially possible to contest a person’s Will.  These include:

  • The person making the Will (the testator) lacked the necessary mental capacity
  • The testator either did not know or did not approve of the contents of their Will
  • The testator was improperly influenced into making the Will
  • The Will was not correctly executed
  • The Will is a forgery and/or was fraudulently obtained

All of these types of claim are known as “validity disputes”, because you are effectively disputing the validity of the Will itself.

On the other hand it may be that even if the Will is valid, you feel that it is unfair in that it does not make sufficient financial provision for you.  In those circumstances, it may be possible to bring a claim under a piece of legislation known as the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 (known simply as the 1975 Act).  The 1975 Act provides for certain classes of people to be able to apply to the court for greater financial provision out of a deceased person’s estate, and is explained in more detail below in the FAQs relating to financial provision.