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Massive increase in Legacy Litigation


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26 Feb 2013

A recent article in The Independent shows that the number of disputes among family members over Wills has increased by a massive 700% over the last five years.

As well as this increase in the number of actions launched at London’s High Court to challenge the provisions made in Wills, there has been an almost twofold increase in the number of cases trying to have an entire Will declared invalid.

The rise in ‘legacy litigation’ is in part put down to the recession, during which the value of assets such as property have fallen significantly. With relatives finding themselves left much smaller amounts than anticipated, the number of disputes has risen.

However, the rise has also been attributed to the increase in people getting remarried and having ‘step-families’. This can lead to children from a former marriage feeling left out, again giving rise to disputes.

One recent example which highlights this is the son of Peter Ustinov declaring himself bankrupt following a nine year fight over his late father’s estate. The actor married three times.

If you’d like advice on making a Will that clearly spells out your wishes in order to avoid later disputes, please contact Alistair Dobson at Lawson-West on 01858 445 480.

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