Making sure your Will is adhered to

On first thoughts it strikes some as strange that the Courts will interfere with a will. Most people believe that they are perfectly entitled to leave their money to whomever they wish. Intervene, though, they will and not just in cases of undue influence, fraud, negligence and incapacity. The Inheritance Act allows family and dependents to claim against an Estate, the result of which may undermine the will or the default intestacy rules.

This is a growth area, particularly given modern society where it is not unusual for couples with children to separate and then start new families. Life can be complicated and the law can make it even more so. Emsleys regularly hears horror stories involving families at war and avoidable legal costs. Taking professional advice on a will has never been more important.

For more information, please contact EmsleysWills & Probate team on 0113 201 4900 or email

Helen Gott

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Helen Gott

Director & Head of Wills & Probate

Helen is a solicitor, Director and Head of the Wills & Probate department at Emsleys Solicitors. Since qualifying in 2010, Helen has specialised exclusively in the area of Wills & Probate and is described as "very knowledgeable" in The Legal 500 2018-19. Helen is an expert in wills,...

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