An interesting statistic that more children are challenging their parents' estates. Some of these may be genuine issues relating to out-of-date Wills, not reflecting current wishes, or parents on second marriages who die without a Will, or of course as this article implies, there may be an element of greed.
Keeping your Will up-to-date and making your wishes known are the best ways to ensure your estate does not have to bear the cost of a dispute.
The number of children involved in inheritance disputes is rising, fuelled by increasing property prices, law firm Hugh James has found. The firm said the High Court saw 116 cases of children challenging their parents' estates in 2015, compared with 104 the year before - an 11pc rise. It added that as property became more expensive, children had more incentive to dispute the division of assets.