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Contentious Probate claims rise in post-pandemic era

Contentious Probate claims rise in post-pandemic era
Terry Sharpe Feb 19,2021
blog post

There has been a clear rise in the amount of cases against estates, particularly under the Inheritance (Provision for Families and Dependants) Act 1975, during the global COVID-19 crisis and lockdowns.

The cases involve applicants (who are eligible to do so) contending that they have received unreasonable provisions from an intestacy or an estate and they need a certain amount for their own maintenance. Eligible applicants also include adult children. It did seem following the Ilott v Blue Cross case that these types of claims may be decreasing. Nevertheless, it seems the pandemic’s impact has led to an increase in these claims once more.