Applications under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975 must be made within six months of the Grant of Probate or the Grant of Letters of Administration. Claims can be brought after this time period has expired if there is good reason for the delay, however, it is essential to obtain legal advice as soon as possible as delays could affect a claim’s prospects.

The time limit to contest a Will or challenge its validity is 12 years from the date of death, and in cases of fraud there is no time limit. It is however advisable to start Will validity claims as soon as there are grounds to do so, to prevent the estate being distributed based on the basis set out in the alleged false Will.