Proving that a will is fraudulent

If you have suspicions that a loved one’s Will is fraudulent, it can be a difficult and upsetting situation and can be hard to prove.

What constitutes fraud

If a Will is fraudulent or forged, it will not be valid. Examples of fraudulent wills include:

  • A forged signature
  • A Will not signed in the presence of the witnesses
  • A Will the deceased signed without knowing it was a will
  • A Will that has been destroyed so that relatives inherit under intestacy rules.

Proving will fraud

Proving that a Will is fraudulent can be difficult. Fraud is a serious allegation and a high standard of proof is required.

Claims must usually be supported by a handwriting expert, and the witnesses may need to give evidence about the Will’s execution.

There is no time limit to dispute a fraudulent Will, however it is advisable to obtain legal advice as soon as possible to prevent the assets being distributed according to the fraudulent Will.

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If you are concerned that a Will is fraudulent, Nelsons has a team of solicitors who specialise in such claims and are happy to discuss your situation. Our team includes members of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS).

Find out how Nelsons can help you. Contact our friendly team for a guaranteed fast response.

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