The Legal Approach to Wills and Estates

The passing away of a family member is more than just emotional difficulty. When the person is also, in fact, the breadwinner or main source of income of a family, it can also lead to financial turmoil. Thankfully, the succession act can enable legal heirs to receive what might be due them. In addition, those who are eligible for a part of a deceased person’s estate can claim for provision as well. With this, the more important that individuals whether parents or those who have dependents can plan for the future care of those who will be left behind. estate_planing1

This means that the following can also fight for their right to receive some support:

Spouses and/or domestic partners

Even if they are not married, those who are in de-facto relationships with the deceased can also file based on the succession act.


This is not restricted to natural or legitimate children. For example, stepchildren, those who were adopted and even those born out of wedlock are counted. Even children of a domestic partner, so long as the relationship was still existing at the time of death, are part of this group.

Other minors that do not belong to these categories like foster kids or even grandchildren may qualify should they be able to establish that they are partly or fully dependent on the deceased person.

Close personal relationship

Even those having a close personal relationship may consult with a wills and estates barrister. It refers to two adults who live together; where one supports and cares for the other, without any payment.


The law will apply even if the former partner has already remarried. However, should the rights already have been released against the former spouse’s estate, then they might need to contact a family provision barrister.

Other dependents and/or members of the household

Those who are financially dependent and belong to the deceased person’s household may also be listed as eligible individuals based on the succession act.

Should there be any questions or concerns, there are lawyers who are able to support those who have lost loved ones. Family members might also be able to easily navigate through the paperwork and legalities that normally arise after a death. After all, trying to deal with the pain of loss and the struggle to pick up their lives afterward is difficult enough, so any professional advice can be a lot of help in these times.

When a deceased person left a will or estate, a lawyer must intervene. It is more required when someone challenges it. Hence, consult

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