Challenging a Will

If you feel you have been unfairly left out of a will, it is important to get advice early. There are time limits on claiming against an estate and, in many cases, estate claims can be resolved quickly and fairly through direct negotiation.

Family protection claims

The law requires that, in some situations, certain family members must be provided for in a person’s will. If you believe you have been unfairly left out of a family will, we can advise you on whether you have a claim on the estate. We can also negotiate with the will’s executors to have things put right.

If negotiation is not successful, we can apply to the Court to determine the matter. Likewise, if you are a beneficiary of a will and a family member makes a claim against your share of the estate, we can recommend the best course of action open to you. We have a proven track record of resolving such disputes quickly, fairly, and outside of Court.

Testamentary promises

If you performed a service for a person who promised to include you in their will but failed to keep their promise, you may have a claim against their estate under the Law Reform (Testamentary Promises) Act 1949. We can advise you on your rights, negotiate with the estate to resolve the matter, or apply to the Court to have the promise fulfilled.