Family feuds over wills reach record high
Some 4pc said it was because they didn’t like their child’s partner or extended family, while almost one in 10 attributed it to their relationship breakdown with their child. The poll found that 15pc said they would give more to one child than the other, to equalize the financial support they had already given in their lifetime.
Another 15% said they would not share their wealth equally if one of their children was less well off than the other.
The growth in financial litigation is expected to continue, said James Woods-Davison of law firm Boodle Hatfield. He added that the introduction of remotely observed wills during computer video calls during the pandemic could also lead to an increase in claims for non-legitimate wills.
“Families may find, to their dismay, that careful estate planning can be undone if a valid inheritance request has been overlooked or ignored,” he said.
However, wills that have been properly drafted and certified will remain valid in court regardless of how the money is divided, according to Mr Bond.
“That is of course unless someone who was financially dependent on the deceased was left out of the will – they might have a claim. It would be the same for someone if it turned out that the will had been drawn up while his personal fabrication was not composed of mentis, ”he declared.
“But in general, nothing prevents you from disinheriting the children and giving everything to the Battersea Dog House.”
The so-called “freedom of testamentary capacity” laws in Great Britain allow the division of property at the convenience of the deceased, unlike in France, where it is illegal to disinherit children, or in countries where Sharia law applies. and where the testamentary freedom is limited to one third of the domain.