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About The Inheritance Act 1975

North East's Best Contested Wills Solicitors

People often believe they were unjustly deprived of an inheritance. Only some of them have valid legal claims.

Our lawyers at Hutharts Law Solicitors will speak with you initially for no charge and advise you in clear, straightforward language whether or not you may have a claim under the Inheritance Act 1975. We need to assess various factors, including your relationship to the deceased person, whether or not there was a Will, whether the Will was valid and whether you were dependent on the deceased wholly or partially for your financial support.

What is the Inheritance Act 1975?

The Inheritance Act allows certain people to make a claim on the estate if they did not receive "reasonable financial provision" in the Will or under the rules of intestacy, which govern the distribution of estate assets if no Will or no valid Will exists. Claims must be made within six months from the date of the grant of representation being issued to the personal representatives to enable them to administer the estate.

Who Can Make a Claim?

Only certain parties are eligible to make a claim on an estate under the Inheritance Act. These are:

  • Spouses or civil partners (including common law partners)
  • Former spouses or former civil partners who have not remarried/entered into new civil partnerships
  • Children of the deceased
  • People who were treated as a child of the deceased
  • Anyone who was wholly or partly maintained by the deceased 

Hutharts solicitors are among Gateshead's most experienced lawyers in cases involving Inheritance Act claims. We have an excellent record of successfully resolving disputes and obtaining significant results for our clients. 



 We were very impressed with the service we received. All staff were very friendly and helpful. They did not tire of my constant phone calls! 

Mrs L Carnegie, Conveyancing Client



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