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My brother has just died. The only copy of his Will is all

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My brother has just died. The only copy of his Will is all crossed through and he has said he wanted to change his Will
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Customer: replied 5 years ago.

OK Service

you mean that your brother made a load of amendments to the will in preparation
for doing a new will, but never did the
new will?

someone going to argue distribution of the estate?

would you like to know?

do need the full background please

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.

No he just crossed out the names of executors and recipients. it is possible that distribution of the estate maybe contested. I would like to know if ishould be notifying all people such as Banks, Occupational Pension, Insurance Companies etc. The background is he was a widower no children father and mother deceased my sister and I are the only blood relatives, sister is a widow and I am married two children and two grandsons.

Who is likely to contest it?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Possibly my brothers brother in law by marriage

a will, and with various amendments may be allowed or not allowed by the court.
Depending whether by striking things out your brother intended to revoke the

would come down to evidence and what the court believed was the case.

the court believed that the will is revoked, then your brothers estate passes
in accordance with the rules of intestacy and if there are no parents alive it
goes equally to all siblings. If any siblings has predeceased your brother and
left children, then the deceased siblings share goes to that deceased siblings

on these facts, the estate would be divided equally between you and your
sister, if the will was revoked and therefore invalid and the estate passed to
beneficiaries in accordance with the rules of intestacy.

did the person who is likely to contest this marry, because I am not certain
what the relationship is and whether the brother-in-law by marriage would have
a claim or not