Published 29 Aug 2017
Author: Garbis Kolokossian
An adult son from the Australian Capital Territory contacted Gerard Malouf and Partners for instruction on how to Contest a Will where he was left inadequately provided for by his late father. Our firm provided a free initial consultation advising on the best course of action.
During our client’s childhood, he was under the impression that his mother’s husband was his biological father. However, it was not until the age of 18 that he found out that the deceased was in fact his biological father. Our client was introduced to his biological father at a young age as a family friend and maintained contact with him throughout his childhood, meeting 3-4 times a year. Their bond was further cemented when his father gifted him a car which they restored together. Despite our client moving away from his father numerous times over the course of his life due to study and work commitments, they maintained contact by phone calls and continually sending each other postcards. Whenever our client would come back to Australia for a holiday, he would make sure to visit his father and even invited his father to his wedding which he was not able to attend due to his medical condition. As his father’s condition worsened, our client and his wife decided to move back to Australia to be closer to him.
Despite our client making effort to keep in contact and build a relationship with his father, he was not mentioned in his will, instead his father’s sister was the sole beneficiary. Over the years our client was continually written in and out of his father’s will for reasons unknown.
Our client suffers from numerous medical conditions as does his wife. In the hope of having children, the money from the will would have alleviated financial burden on their family with regard to raising their children and their medical conditions which are predicted to get worse.
Whilst our client was prepared to go to court to challenge the will, the matter was successfully settled during mediation. Gerard Malouf and Partners Expert Lawyers obtained a settlement amount of $230,000 for a very happy client.
If you are an adult son who has been completely left out of a Will and you would like information please contact Gerard Malouf and Partners for an initial free consultation.