Growing disputes over asset distribution amongst relatives

The number of children challenging their inheritances in court has grown. 116 was the number of cases seen by the High Court in 2015 that involved children contesting the estate left by their parents, an 11% growth from the previous year.

One of the main causes is growing property prices, according law firm Hugh James. Describing this correlation is Amelia Murray, who explains that as property increases in price similarly does the incentive for children to contest how assets are distributed. The family unit is also becoming more complex, with more relatives feeling as though they should also receive benefit in some form.

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