Inheritance Act Advices

The Inheritance Act 1975 protects spouses (including former spouses), cohabitants, children and other dependents when a person dies without leaving sufficient money for the dependent’s continued wellbeing.

Our barristers can provide you with written advice on whether you can make a claim under the Act. Our barristers can also provide you with written advice when a person dies and you are a beneficiary of the estate, but someone else makes a claim under the Act.

Timescales

Timescales for your written advice may vary depending on factors such as your barrister’s availability, the value and complexity of the deceased person’s estate, your financial needs and those of the beneficiary of the estate. However, claims under the Act must be made within six months of the grant of probate, so, as a guide, your written advice will be available within two to four weeks where possible.

Fees

All Direct Access work is to be paid privately, in advance of the work being undertaken. We will agree a fixed fee for the written advice and there will be no charge until the fee is agreed. Your barrister will contact you to let you know what documentation and information is required to enable them to provide a price. Work will commence after payment has been received.

Below we provide estimates based on the ranges of fixed fees for barristers at Ropewalk Chambers, where the deceased person’s estate is worth less than £300,000.

The fixed fees quoted below may vary depending on your needs. For example, your fees may be at the higher end of the range if you need a more experienced barrister and / or the deceased person’s estate is more complex. If the deceased person’s estate is particularly complex, or if there is a lot of documentation, your fees may also be higher than the estimates below.

The fees quoted below are exclusive of VAT.

Written advice Ranges of fixed fees (estimates)
Written advice on making or defending a claim £750 - £2,500

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