When a loved one passes away and doesn’t leave a Will behind outlining how to deal with their estate, disputes can arise about how inheritance should be divided, particularly in complex family situations. Legally, this is what’s known as Contentious Probate.
To help those who find themselves in situations such as these, Melinda Giles has offered her expert advice in relation to three common Contentious Probate scenarios, which will be covered over the next few weeks. This week marks the first in the series, which is all about the situation Jane finds herself in after the passing of her grandmother.
My grandmother recently died and didn’t leave a Will. This means that her house and money will be shared equally between my gran’s two children – my mum and her brother. However, I have lived with my gran since I was 7 years old as my mum left me there when she moved out to Spain with her boyfriend. I’m now 21, and if the house is sold I’ll have nowhere to live. I don’t pay rent to live there and I’m studying whilst working part-time in a supermarket, so there’s no way I could afford to pay rent anywhere.
What Are Jane’s Options?
This is a perfect example of a Contentious Probate scenario. In this situation, Jane has rights to challenge this Probate situation under the laws for dependant relatives. However, there is limited time for her to do this and it’s strongly advised that she seeks legal advice as soon as possible to ensure the correct procedures are followed. She will also need to contact a solicitors’ firm to come to an agreement about how the case can be funded, given her limited income.
Do You Need Advice in Relation to Contentious Probate?
If you’re currently in a situation similar to Jane’s, then Giles Wilson’s expert solicitors offer services for Contentious Probate that have been recognised by The Legal 500 for high standards of client care. The team is led by Partners Philip Giles and Daniel Curnock, who are supported by qualified solicitors, trainee solicitors and paralegals.
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