So you inherit.
GBP375,000 from the house.
GBP52,000 in the bank
the funeral comes off the top line and you are entitled to be reimbursed for that. For now, let’s leave it out of the equation.
You inherit GBP528,000
your sister inherits GBP30,000
Almost GBP0.5 million difference.
Notwithstanding the fact that your sister didn’t see your father, I can understand why she wants to contest the will. On the other hand I can understand why if she simply couldn’t be bothered with him, your father left her out to the greatest extent.
If she contests the will, she can only do it on limited grounds and within limited timescale.
Your father didn’t have the capacity to do the will and didn’t know what he was doing
he was under some kind of influence from an external person (you in this case)
fraud (not applicable)
that he hasn’t made adequate provision for someone who could reasonably have expected something, under the provisions of the Inheritance Provision for Family & Dependents act.
If the will was written some time ago, she is probably contesting the latter.
A lot depends on whether you honestly feel as though she should have more or whether considering how she was with your father, the GBP30,000 is adequate.
She is going to get awarded more than she now has?
You have to decide whether emotionally, and bearing in mind how she was with your father, whether you think that she should also ethically get more than she has. The court may disagree and if she does, she will get costs awarded against you and that could easily be far more than she’s claiming. However she’s going to have to get someone to deal with the claim and fund it in the interim.
If she goes to court I feel confident that she would get awarded more than she has been left and I think that she would be probably getting between GBP60,000 and GBP90,000 although there is no hard fast calculator for that.
If you make a Civil Procedure Rules Part 36 offer and she fails to beat that in court, then she pays all the legal costs, including her own legal costs from the date of the offer. The legal costs could be as much as she is awarded so do consider her making an offer which you think she is unlikely to beat. It has to be made on a certain format and I would suggest that came from a solicitor.
The sooner you agree to settle this, the less money the bloodsucking lawyers will get because someone is going to end up paying tens of thousands of pounds in legal costs if this goes to a fully defended trial argument.
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