Are you unsure whether to or not make a Will? Alex Spurrs, Head of Wills and Probate in our firm has answered a frequently asked question regarding Wills.
Is there any point in making a will nowadays?
I’m not married and have no children, and intended to leave my estate to friends and charities. However, I’ve read of three different cases where spurned relatives have successfully challenged wills. I now feel that my will could be challenged and I won’t be around to do anything about it.
A Will can only be challenged in very limited circumstances, namely on the grounds that the testator (will maker) lacked mental capacity when drawing it up, or under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. In each case it is very difficult to launch a successful challenge without very good evidence either of incapacity or dependency.
One thing’s for certain: if you don’t leave a will your relatives will definitely inherit your estate.