Advising on inheritance where there is a previous marriage

Dean was instructed to advise a client in relation to a claim brought under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

Dean’s client had been residing with the deceased, however at the time of his death the deceased remained married to another woman. Moreover the deceased had not amended his will since 1979 and had therefore made no provision for the client, essentially leaving his estate to his estranged wife. Dean was instructed to provide a written advice as to his client’s prospects of success and likely award in such proceedings.