As family structures become more complex, more people now need to consider de facto partners, ex-partners and children when making their Will. In these situations, it is imperative you seek expert legal advice, especially if you wish to exclude someone from your Will and prevent it being challenged upon your death.
If, on the other hand, you have been left out of someone’s Will and believe you are entitled to part of their Estate, it is possible to challenge the Will provided you can demonstrate it being unfair or you believe that when the Will was made the person was not in a sound state of mind ie. suffered dementia. Professional legal advice is vital and must be sought as soon as possible. If you do not act within six months of the date Probate is issued, you may be prevented from making any claim on the Estate.