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Increase in probate disputes down to DIY Wills

The increase in the number of probate disputes being heard at the High Court is being blamed on the increasing number of DIY Wills.

The High Court heard 368 cases about probate last year, up from 282 in 2017, and 227 the year before that.

DIY Wills templates and kits can be purchased online for a very small price, but creating a Will is a complicated legal process.

As a result, many people are creating a Will that omits key information, contains numerous errors and does not comply with the legal requirements that a Will must adhere to.

This has led to an increase in the number of probate cases, with Wills containing errors that could be avoided if people sought advice when creating them.

Christina Blacklaws, President of the Law Society, said: “With the range of different estates and circumstances that exist, it is vitally important people consult a professional when writing their Will. Probate law is complex and DIY Wills can easily contain mistakes which render them illegitimate or difficult to administer.”

Cases in which a beneficiary is also the executor of a Will can in certain circumstances represent a  conflict of interest, yet many people may make this mistake without the proper legal advice when preparing their Will.

To ensure that your Will is legally binding, correctly administered and avoid lengthy probate cases, contact one of our experts today.

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Linsey Graham
I have worked for Mander Hadley for 17 years and specialise in Wills, trusts, tax, probate and the administration of estates.

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