Contesting a Will
A Will is the best way to ensure that your estate is distributed in the way that you would like, subject to the law. Lionheart Lawyers can advise you in respect of issues such as:
- Who can make a Will and mental capacity;
- Requirements for a Will;
- Who can be a beneficiary;
- Executor or witness;
- Intentions regarding the residuary estate;
- Specific gifts; and
- Changing or revoking a Will
We are often engaged by clients who have not been fairly provided for in a Will, or not included at all. We also help Will executors who find someone else contesting the Will. Losing a loved one is always a distressing time, made worse when the Will is challenged or disputed by family members. Lionheart Lawyers always offer sensitive advice based on your particular case and with your best interests at heart.
CONTESTING OR DISPUTING A WILL
There are several ways to question a will. We can advise on matters such as:
- whether you are entitled to inspect the will;
- whether the will is valid due to mental capacity of the maker;
- undue influence upon the make or revocation of the will by the maker;
- whether the will is clear or whether it contains mistakes.
DISTRIBUTION OF THE ESTATE
After someone dies, there are a number of questions that should be answered such as whether or not there is a will and whether formal administration is required. Our expert lawyers can advise and assist you in circumstances:
- requiring administration of the estate pursuant to a will; or
- circumstances where there is no executor; or
- where there is no will. Where there is no will, the estate will be distributed in accordance with the intestacy rules.
In these difficult situations it can be hard to know what to do next. Whatever your circumstance, we will listen to you and formulate the best possible outcome. We offer a free, no obligation consultation to advise you on the first steps that you need to take.