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Wills are often challenged due to suspicions of foul play or long standing grudges, but how do you deal with an inexplicable or cruel omission?

1 September 2015

A recent case saw a retired civil servant lose his battle to challenge the validity of a will made by his late wife, days before her death, in which she left her entire estate to the son of her first marriage.

Mrs Henein executed a severance of joint tenancy of the matrimonial home, meaning her half of the property passed to her son under her will, and Joseph Henein, her husband of over 30 years, was left with nothing but half of the house, which will now most likely be sold to cover his legal bill of £126,000.

Disputes over a will, and in particular the situation that Mr Henein found himself in, are not uncommon, especially in second marriages where different sides of the family have competing needs, and there is no blood relationship as an incentive to sort out matters amicably.

We have seen a marked increase in will disputes over the last ...

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