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If the point of making a Will is to ensure your property passes to the people you want, then how can Wills be challenged or contested?

While the law recognises that will-makers can make their Will and give their property as they see fit, the law also recognises that will-makers have moral obligations to provide for certain people.

There are various ways that Wills can be challenged or contested.

Wills can be challenged because:

  • the will-maker did not have sufficient capacity to make their Will;
  • the will-maker was unduly influenced by another person;
  • there are suspicious circumstances surrounding the signing of the Will.

Wills can also be contested if the will-maker failed to leave adequate provision in their estate to certain persons.  These estate disputes are commonly referred to as family provision applications.  To be eligible to commence a family provision claim you must be either:

  • a spouse of the deceased (this includes de facto spouses and former spouses dependent on the deceased at the time of death);
  • a child of the deceased (this includes step-children and legally adopted children);
  • a person who was wholly or substantially dependant on the deceased at the time of death.

Estate disputes can also arise where:

  • a Will is not signed or witnessed correctly;
  • the terms of the Will are unclear and ambiguous;
  • a beneficiary mentioned in the Will can not be located or clearly identified;
  • there is a disagreement about how estate assets are to be treated;
  • there has been a delay in administering the estate.

If you need advice about an estate dispute, contact our Brisbane Wills and Estate Dispute Lawyers to get expert advice about your rights and entitlements.

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Call our Brisbane Estate Dispute Lawyers Today on (07) 3172 7100 to have your questions answered. 

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