Information about Contested Estates for Ipswich Residents
Losing a loved one is made harder when a dispute divides the family. However, sometimes it is necessary to resolve matters that affect your financial wellbeing and the hopes of a better future. If you have been left out of a Will or unfairly provided for, Bridge Legal may be able to help you with contesting a Will in Ipswich.
Grounds for Contesting a Will
The law does recognise that people are free to choose who will inherit their property after they die. However, the law also recognises that some people have a good reason to contest the terms of a Will.
The circumstances of contested estates in Ipswich vary with each case. Depending on the exact details of your case, you may be eligible for financial compensation out of the estate if:
- You have not been fairly provided for in a Will
- There is no Will
- The Will is invalid
- The Will was written with undue influence from a third-party
- The deceased person did not have the mental capacity to understand the terms of the Will
- The executor has failed to properly administer the Will
Am I Eligible to Contest a Will?
You may be entitled to make a claim against an estate if you had a relationship with the deceased. The law recognises the following types of relationships for estate disputes:
- Husband, wife or same-sex partner
- Former spouse or de facto
- Parent, grandparent or carer/guardian
- Child, stepchild or grandchild
- Financially dependent on the deceased
Keep in mind, this is a general guide and the list of entitled people can vary from state to state. For advice on contesting a Will in Ipswich, talk to one of our estate lawyers for a free assessment.
Is There a Time Limit For Contesting a Will?
Time limits do apply for contesting a Will.
If a person wants to dispute a deceased estate in Ipswich, they must give notice to the executor within 6 months of the date of death. This notice must be in writing and received by the executor. If the notice is not sent within 6 months, the executor is free to distribute the estate, and there may be no assets left to claim.
You may be eligible to submit a claim after 6 months if the estate has not been distributed. For an obligation-free assessment of your case, call us on (07) 3236 1709.
Why Choose Bridge Legal
Contesting an Ipswich Will can be complicated. Bridge Legal has over 35 years of experience handling a wide range of estate disputes and other legal matters. We offer expert advice in all areas of estate law and can help you reach a fair and just outcome.
Our specialist team of estate lawyers can assess the evidence of your claim and tell you what the most likely result will be.
By choosing Bridge Legal, we will:
- Assess the viability of your claim
- Take care of the documentation for you
- Reduce stress with mediation sessions – no attending court
- Negotiate on behalf of your best interests
Find Out If You Are Eligible
If you have been unfairly provided for, you may be able to receive financial compensation and reach a just outcome.