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Insight | For Individuals

How Divorce and Remarriage Are Driving Will Disputes

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In recent years, the increase in divorce rates and remarriages has become a significant factor in the rise of will disputes. Blended families, while bringing together people from diverse backgrounds and experiences, often create confusion over inheritance rights. This can lead to complex and emotionally charged situations when dividing an estate.

The Challenges of Blended Families

Blended families, which include stepchildren, ex-spouses, and half-siblings, can significantly complicate the inheritance process. These family dynamics often lead to misunderstandings and disagreements about who is entitled to what estate share. For example, a stepchild might feel entitled to a portion of their stepparent's estate, while biological children may disagree.

Common Causes of Will Disputes

  • Disinherited Children
    Family issues can lead to children being disinherited, prompting them to contest the will. This often occurs when a parent remarries and decides to leave their estate to their new spouse or stepchildren, excluding their biological children.
  • Perceived Inequity
    Even in families without divorce and remarriage, disputes can arise if a child feels they haven't received a reasonable share of the inheritance compared to their siblings or other beneficiaries. This perception of unfairness can lead to legal challenges and prolonged disputes.
  • Lack of Clarity
    A will that lacks clear instructions can cause confusion and conflict among beneficiaries. Ambiguous terms or outdated provisions can result in different interpretations, leading to disputes over the deceased's true intentions.

Seeking Legal Advice

If you're unsure about your entitlement to an inheritance share or facing a claim on a deceased loved one's estate, seeking legal advice is essential. At Heald Solicitors, our experienced team can provide the guidance and support you need to navigate these challenging situations.

Don't let inheritance disputes add to the stress during a difficult time. Contact Heald Solicitors for expert advice and assistance. Call and speak confidentially with one of our advisers. We are here to help you understand your rights and ensure a fair resolution for all parties involved.


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