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A million pound plus valued estate included some major UK charities as beneficiaries. A family member who was unhappy with the legacy left to them threatened a legal challenge on several grounds, including fraudulent misrepresentation, undue influence, breach of contract and an Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975 claim.

We acted for the two executors who together with the charities wished to see the estate administration progressed. This involved pursuing a successful court application for a Cobden-Ramsay Order, sometimes known as a “put up or shut up” order. This requires the person challenging the Will to issue a claim by a specified date, after which, if a claim has not been brought, the executors can continue to administer the estate.