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I signed away my inheritance 19 years ago as my uncle And my

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I signed away my inheritance 19 years ago as my uncle And my mother told me he would contest the will l was told l would be looked after unfortunately this was a lie is there any chance of anything
Assistant: Since estate law varies from place to place, can you tell me where this is?
Customer: The solicitor who drew up the papers was in Wolverhampton
Assistant: What documents or supporting evidence do you have?
Customer: I was never given anything
Assistant: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: the estate is worth alot

Good morning. I will assist with your question - be aware this is an email not chat service therefore i maybe delayed in replying.

what do you mean you signed away your inheritance?

what was the inheritance?

who would contest the will?

are you the only child of your parents?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Ok the estate value was a couple of million it was my mother and uncle who said they would contest the will
My mother sold out on the cheap for money but my uncle still has the company my grandad left to me

After 19 years you could not contest having signed away whatever you were supposed to inherit and if the estate was worth as much as it was, I don’t know why you agreed to do that because it doesn’t make sense even if whoever it was going to contest it, contested it.

If however you were told “relinquish your claim on the estate, we won’t contest it and we will make sure that you get X Y and Z now or over the years and we will leave the business to you when we die”, and you relinquish your claim and they don’t do any of that, then you have a claim to make in what is called Promissory Estoppel.

It is a legal doctrine and not for the fainthearted. You are certainly going to need to get a solicitor to deal with it because it is about as much a DIY job is taking out your own appendix in the dark with the blunt spoon.

When speaking to the solicitor you are asking about bringing a claim in Promissory Estoppel. Not all solicitors deal with it so you may need to make quite a few telephone calls.

There is not normally any legal aid.

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