Client Successfully Contests Will after Father left Estate to his Grandchildren

Published 19 Nov 2014

Author: David Cossalter

Our client chose to contest his father’s will after the estate was left to the Deceased’s grandchildren, our client’s nieces and nephews. Our client was devastated by his father’s decision to leave our client out of his will, as he had enjoyed a strong relationship with his father for the majority of his life. As a result our client chose to contact the experienced contesting wills team at GMP Contesting Wills Lawyers.

Client’s Relationship with the Deceased:

Our client had a close relationship with his father throughout his childhood. Although our client’s father did not approve of our client’s choice of wife they maintained a close relationship. Our client fell out with his father a couple of times over the years largely due to arguments between our client’s mother and wife. However, for the large part our client visited his father approximately twice a week.

Following his mother’s death our client became closer to his father and wanted to be there for him. This remained the case for approximately ten years, at which point our client’s father formed a romantic relationship with a woman who resided overseas. One day to the surprise of our client his father advised him that he was moving overseas to be with this woman. At the same time our client’s father advised our client that he had transferred his property to our client’s older sister.

Our Client’s Financial Circumstances:

At the time of bringing his claim our client was a middle aged unemployed man. Both our client and his wife suffered ongoing health issues. Our client and his wife had down-sized in order to pay off some of their debts. However, they still had over $1million of debt owing.

Legal Process:

When our client approached GMP Contesting Wills Lawyers, he provided instructions that he wanted to settle the matter out of court. Based on these Instructions, Garbis Kolokossian, the solicitor with carriage of this matter at GMP, maintained communication with the Defendant’s solicitors.

Within 12 months from the time that our client instructed GMP Contesting Wills Lawyers the Defendant made an offer of settlement of $80,000.00. Our client was happy to accept this offer, as he felt that it was a representation of what he actually deserved to receive from his father’s estate.

If you or someone you know are considering contesting a will do not hesitate to contact our experienced will dispute team.

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