A warning to anyone wishing to "contest a Will". Normally, the deceased's persons assets pay for both sides of the litigation but not always. The problem we have is that for most probate cases the Court's decisions on costs remain private and we rarely hear what the litigation costs were for the families. Whilst we can advise on someone's rights to contest a Will, it is crucial we remind families that they risk losing their inheritance or depleting the Estate to next to nothing just to have their day in court. Sadly, for some probate disputes the emotions of loss, grief and historic family disputes may mean no one wins.
A Berkshire woman who lost her legal challenge to her natural father's will may have to pay legal costs far higher than the amount she was left in the will.