I have made a Will, can I stop anyone from contesting it?
Making a valid Will is extremely important to ensure your wishes are met when you are no longer here.
However, you cannot stop someone from contesting your Will but there are ways to minimise this.
There are several reasons a will can be contested, including if someone believes you lacked capacity, were unduly influenced into making it or if they believe that they haven’t been adequately provided for under the Will.
When writing your Will it is important to consider whether you have anyone who would fit into the classes above who may seek to bring a claim once you have passed away, and bring these people to the attention of your Will writer so they can advise you accordingly.
If you are going to exclude someone from your Will, it is good practice to have the reasons for the exclusions annexed to your Will. Whilst this cannot prevent someone bringing a claim, it can assist in confirming your wishes at the time your Will was made and can assist with any court proceedings regarding the matter.
If you are concerned about anyone contesting your Will, please contact Danielle Swainston on 01302 308694 or email Danielle at email@example.com.