Published 15 Oct 2014
Author: Richele Nelsen
Our client was a teenager whose mother passed away and he and his siblings went to live with their grandmother who continued to care for them. When the grandmother passed away she left our client a small benefit worth approximately $30,000.00. The Estate was worth approximately $700,000.00 and the majority of this was left to her 2 living children. Our client was unhappy with this and contacted GMP Contesting Wills Lawyers to enquire about making a claim on an Estate.
Our client was young, had some small debts and was looking to purchase a home for he and his young family to reside in. The Estate solicitors did not want to participate in any negotiation discussions so we prepared and commenced Court proceedings on behalf of our client. Our experienced Will dispute team put together evidence in support of our client’s claim, showing his need for further provision form the Estate of his Late grandmother.
Allegations were made from the Estate suggesting our client was not residing with his grandmother for the periods claimed. We were able to contact and obtain further evidence from witnesses supporting our client’s version of events and in support of his claim.
Following the Mediation of our client’s matter we were able to keep negotiation discussions flowing with the Estate and were able to reach an agreement whereby our client was to receive $100,000.00, three times the amount initially left to him in his Late grandmother’s Will.
Our client was ecstatic with the outcome of his claim and was able to use the funds towards a deposit on a new home.
If you are unhappy with a Will and believe you are entitled to make a claim, contact our experienced Will dispute team today to discuss making a claim on an estate.