Undue Influence – a new case

Challenging a will – not easy

Aside from dependency claims based on being a close relative qand having a financial need for provision which has not been taken into account in a will, it is not easy to convince a court in England & Wales that a testator has been unduly influenced.

In a recent High Court case, Leigh Crowdery failed to convince the court that her elderly grandmother had been unduly influenced by a 40 year old male neighbor, who she befriended. The Judge found on the evidence that the testator knew exactly what she was doing and had the legal right to exclude her granddaughter from inheritance.

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