Undue influence is the most common reason to contest a will in the UK. We specialise in contesting wills and are experienced in dealing with undue influence cases. Call for free initial guidance on 0808 139 1596 or send us an email.
We are all free to make our wills in whatever way we wish. However, if someone is compelled or coerced into executing a will then that will could be be declared invalid if it is legally contested.
Solicitors refer to the conduct as ‘undue influence’. However, contesting a will on the basis of undue influence involves a number of legal complexities. The courts require clear evidence of conduct that effectively amounts to coercion. It is not sufficient to merely show that the person making the will was put under moral pressure for instance, or that a friend or family member deliberately set out to ingratiate themselves – however cynical and distasteful that conduct might be.
We specialise in dealing with contested will disputes and can assist both claimants (those arguing that the will is invalid) and defendants (those who maintain that the wills is legal). So, if you are an executor or beneficiary facing an undue influence claim then you may wish to speak to us about the best way of defending the challenge. And if you are looking to contest a will on the grounds of undue influence and think you will be able to obtain sufficient evidence to support the allegation then we will be happy to assist.