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Newark Larken & Co: Advice on inheritance disputes

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Family disputes over inheritance have been on the rise for a number of years, writes Lesley Purveur, of Larken & Co.

With many people willing to take legal action to claim a bigger share of estates, there has been a reported increase of nearly 50% of the number of Inheritance Act claims since 2018, and that, of course, does not include the thousands of disputes that are settled or abandoned before the case goes to court.

While the costs of bringing a claim can be expensive, the soaring value in house prices in many parts of the UK has meant that a growing proportion of estates are seen by potential claimants as worth contesting.

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