Family members feuding following the death of a loved one?
Family fallouts can be distressing at the best of times but none more so than at a time when you’re grieving for a lost loved one.It’s not as uncommon as one may think; more often that not siblings or executors will have squabbles and things will come to a grinding halt. Property is the prime example. For some, their parent’s home will hold lots of happy memories, for others it may hold more poignant memories, whilst for others practicalities must prevail and the house should be sold.
The Independent recently reported figures showing a 700 per cent increase over the last five years in challenges being brought in the High Court regarding provisions made in Wills; double for the number of cases seeking to have whole Wills declared invalid.But why the sudden increase fuelling a boom in legacy litigation?There are many attributing factors. Partly as a direct result of the recession and the current economic climate; the value of assets and property prices have dropped significantly in recent years with family members finding that they stand to inherit much smaller sums than they had previously anticipated.Furthermore, families are become more diverse and geographically spread out.
Family numbers can increase through remarriage, step-families and cohabitation increasing the number of complex family arrangements. As a result, families can often drift apart and disputes will arise by long held and unaired resentments where people feel pushed out, igniting disputes.Whatever the reason, we are here to help.