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Glossary for Contentious Probate



Somebody who benefits from a gift in a Will


Someone who makes a claim in Court proceedings.

Inheritance Act

Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.  This Act enables a claimant to ask the Court to rearrange the terms of a Will or the rules of intestacy to make provision (or more provision) for them.


Where somebody dies without making a Will.


Negotiation of a dispute involving the parties and a neutral third party mediator

Personal Representative

An umbrella term to cover executors and administrators.


Someone who makes a Will (male/female).


A legally binding document which sets out what is to happen to your affairs after you die.