Grounds for Contesting a will - Undue Influence
To prove that a person was unduly influenced, coerced or under duress when making a will you must show 'actual undue influence'.
Unlike some classes of gifts made during lifetime, the law does not automatically presume that, because one person in a position of trust has received assets from another person, it is as a result of undue influence.
The evidence needed to prove undue influence must be of a high standard, to the extent that there is no other reasonable theory to explain the terms of the will. However, recent case law seems to be marking a sea change with the court willing to accept arguments that people have been unduly influenced.
Our team have a proven track record in such cases of undue influence and represented the successful claimants in the reported case of Re Edwards  EWHC 1119 (Ch).
If you believe that a person has made a will as a result of significant coercion by another person or you are facing such a claim, our will dispute solicitors can help. We have a proven track record in cases of this nature.