The Daily Mail recently reported on a challenge to an estate that turned out not being worth the effort in "Farmer's sons lose their ENTIRE £200,000 inheritance from father's will in doomed legal bid to stop their stepmother getting an extra £25,000."
Many family estate fights come about when adult children of the deceased think a stepparent has received a larger portion of the estate than is fair. This is especially true, if the estate plan has been changed from a previous one to give the stepparent a larger share.
This story begins when two brothers in the U.K. were upset when their father left their stepmother a larger share of the estate than either one of them received. Their father had after all, changed his will to give the stepmother more. The brothers took the position that he lacked the legal capacity to do so.
They initiated a legal battle to have their father's will thrown out and an old one reinstated that would have given them more of the estate.
What is unusual about this case, is the amount of money that was at stake.
The will the brothers wanted disregarded only gave the stepmother £25,000 (US$30,000) more than under the will they wanted reinstated.
The judge ruled in the stepmother's favor and ordered the brothers to pay all of the legal costs of the case, which was enough to wipe out everything they inherited.
An estate battle can sometimes come with a high price tag. It is best to be as sure of your position as soon as possible, before proceeding.
Reference: Daily Mail (March 17, 2017) "Farmer's sons lose their ENTIRE £200,000 inheritance from father's will in doomed legal bid to stop their stepmother getting an extra £25,000."