When a someone drafts their Will, they frequently appoint people close to them to be an executor. This is often done as the testator (person making the Will) trusts this person to action the terms of their Will, administer their estate and carry out...
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Under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 (“the Act”), legal protection is available for specific persons, where someone has died without leaving sufficient money for their continued wellbeing.
Who is able to make a claim under the Inheritance Act?
The following people are entitled to make a claim under the Inheritance Act:
- A spouse or civil partner of the deceased
- A divorced spouse or a separated civil partner of the deceased, given that they have not remarried or entered into a new civil partnership
- Any person who lived with the deceased for a minimum of two years prior to their death
- A child of the deceased (including children over the age of 18)
- Anyone who was treated as their child by the deceased person, including adopted children, fostered children, step children and so on
- Anyone being cared for by the deceased person prior to their death