Will Dispute – News
Recent High Court figures have revealed that the number of Will dispute cases rose by 38% in the year to 2010 and Will dispute claims have doubled over the previous four years.
There are likely to be many reasons for this trend. The average Estate value is certainly one of these. As average house prices have risen, this has had a large impact on the value of Estates and, based on figures provided by the Office of National Statistics, the average value of an Estate has increased from £152,258 in 2002 to £265,281.
There are, however, other reasons why individuals are more willing to challenge a Will. These include the recession, which will, in some cases, have resulted in Will challenges or other Estate claims being motivated by necessity.
In addition, there is an increasing public awareness of the ability to challenge a disputed Will as a result of a number of high profile cases that have received extensive media coverage over recent years.
Individuals seeking advice upon challenging a Will or who are affected by a Will dispute should ensure that they seek specialist advice as early as possible. As the number of claims has increased, Will disputes and other trust and Estate disputes have become increasingly specialised and advice should be sought from a member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS).
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