Under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, the following people can make a claim for ‘reasonable provision’ from a deceased person’s estate:

  • A spouse or civil partner of the deceased;
  • A former spouse or civil partner, if they have not re-married or made a new civil partnership;
  • A child or someone who was treated as a child by the deceased;
  • A person who was being financially maintained by the deceased when they died.