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ALL THE LATEST NEWS, VIEWS AND STORIES FROM AROUND YOUR LOCAL AREA:AUGUST/SEPTEMBER


Challenging a Will How can you challenge a Will?


When someone close to you dies, emotions can run high. Not only is there shock and grief, but the discovery that you have been "cut out" of the Will can be the last straw.


Where a financial inheritance is at stake and family members suspect foul play, a small grievance can easily escalate into something much bigger.


An increasingly ageing and wealthy population also means a greater likelihood of vulnerable adults falling victim to unscrupulous family members or carers when making arrangements for the disposal of their assets after death.


Legal grounds for challenging the validity of a Will are strictly defined. Such cases are becoming more and more commonplace so if you suspect a Will is invalid, what can you do about it?


Do you believe one or more of the following criteria applies?


1. Has there been a lack of proper formalities?


2. Did the person making the Will have the relevant mental capacity?


3. Was there a lack of knowledge and approval?


4. Do you think there has been some undue Influence?


What should you do?


If you suspect a Will is invalid on any of these grounds you should consult our expert solicitors Nick Molyneaux, Deputy District Judge and Lucy Fuggle STEP practitioner for further advice.


It is important to act quickly at the outset to prevent the estate being administered in accordance with an invalid Will and the assets being dissipated.


Free Will and Trust Reviews Available


STEP fully qualified member of staff available to offer specialist advice on trusts and estates


Milburns Solicitors


3-5 Main Street, Cockermouth CA13 9LE 01900 898010


cockermouth@milburnssolicitors.co.uk Other local offices:


Workington, Whitehaven and Maryport


Lucy Fuggle LL.B, TEP Director and STEP Practitioner


WWW.THECOCKERMOUTHPOST.CO.UK


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www.milburnssolicitors.co.uk 17 AUGUST 2017 ISSUE 417 PAGE 13


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