Contesting a Will

What is contesting a Will?

People have the right to decide who will inherit their assets after death, and they do this by writing a Will. However, there are laws designed to protect eligible people who receive an unfair entitlement in a Will or deceased estate. If you believe your share of a Will is inadequate, or if you've been left out of a Will altogether, you may have grounds to contest it.

You can contest a Will on a variety of grounds. You can challenge the validity of a Will itself because you think it was made at a time when the Will maker was not of sound mind, or was unduly influenced or pressured by another person.

You can also contest a Will because it doesn’t adequately provide for you. Anyone who had a close and significant relationship with the deceased person—such as a child, a spouse or partner—may be eligible to contest the provisions of a Will.

If you think you have been unfairly provided for and want to contest a Will, speak to Maurice Blackburn today. Your first consultation will be free.

How to contest a Will or deceased estate

Unfair Wills, Trusts and deceased Estates can be contested with help from one of our lawyers. At Maurice Blackburn, 98% of our Will dispute cases are settled without the need to go to court.

If you believe that you've been unfairly provided for in a Will, speak to a Maurice Blackburn lawyer about how to successfully contest a Will. We offer a 'no win, no fee'* cost agreement in most matters relating to Will disputes. Strict time limits apply to contesting a Will, so it is important that you obtain legal advice as soon as possible.

We have offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin and throughout Australia. 

All you need to know about Will disputes

Whether you are thinking of challenging or contesting a Will, or if you are the executor or beneficiary of a Will that is being challenged, our Will disputes lawyers can assist you.

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Our Will dispute and estates lawyers are experienced in winning fair compensation for our clients on a no win, no fee basis.

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