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. 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 that a Will is fraudulent or forged
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 specialist legal advice as soon as possible to prevent the assets from being distributed according to the fraudulent Will.
Fraudulent Wills – How we can help
Our team specialises in these types of disputes and includes members of The Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS). The team is also recommended by the independently-researched Legal 500 as one of the top teams of specialists in the country.
To discuss how our specialist team of solicitors might be able to assist you, please call 0800 024 1976 or contact us via our online enquiry form.
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