Our fees in wills and estate matters
Segelov Taylor acts on a ‘no win no fee’ basis for individuals in family provision claims. This means if you are not successful you will not be charged for our costs incurred in litigating the claim. However, if you are not successful in your claim you may be order to pay the executor’s costs. It is therefore important you seek legal advice as to the merits of any claim before commencing proceedings.
If you are the executor of a Will where a family provision claim has been made you are entitled to have the cost of defending the claim paid by the estate. Read more…
What is the difference between challenging and contesting a will?
Contesting a will and challenging a will have very different meanings.
Challenging a will involves an allegation that the will is not valid and should not be accepted as the last will and testament of the deceased.
Contesting a will does not involve challenging the validity of the will. Rather, it refers to making a claim under the Succession Act that the will does not make adequate provision for a claimant.
What time limits apply in wills matters?
A family provision claim must be filed within 12 months of the date of death. The court has a discretion to extend the time for the commencement of a claim if there is good reason for the delay.
Can I contest a will if I received something under it?
The fact that you received something under a will does not prevent you from bringing a claim contesting a will.
Rather, the crucial issues are whether you (a) are an eligible person (generally a spouse, child, or dependent), and (b) whether you received adequate provision under the will, taking into account all the relevant considerations.
How long do claims take to complete?
A claim is made by filing an application in Court along with a detailed Affidavit setting out the circumstances of the case. This must be done within 12 months of the date of death. The estate will respond and file its own evidence.
The matter will then be listed for compulsory mediation. This is generally within 4-6 months of the claim being filed. Most matters settle at mediation.
If a matter doesn’t settle at mediation, it will proceed to hearing. This will normally occurs within 12 and 18 months of the commencement of proceedings.
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