I have been cut out of a will. What can I do?
It is advisable to first establish whether there are any grounds for challenging the validity of the will, and if the will is capable of being challenged, what does the earlier will say? As a first stage, it is necessary to understand why the testator made the will that they did, which will involve obtaining disclosure of the will file (assuming the will was drafted by a solicitor). If, following a thorough investigation of the will, it appears difficult to challenge, certain categories of people can pursue claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. This law permits applicants to seek provision from an estate where they have either been cut out of a will, left a meagre inheritance, or the intestacy rules do not provide for them. This is a complex area of law though, and we always tailor our advice to the unique and particular circumstances of each case. It is therefore not possible to give generic advice in respect of 1975 Act claims.