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Disputes over wills 'on the rise'

Disputes over wills 'on the rise'

Legal disputes concerning wills and inheritances are on the rise in the UK, it has been found.

According to figures cited in the Times, the number of high court cases involving such matters increased by 175 per cent between 2006 and 2007.

Whereas in 2006, there were 83 legal battles over wills and inheritances, the following year saw 228.

In total, there were 185 disputes over wills and 43 battles centring on inheritance during the course of 2007.

Legal expert Fay Copeland said: "People can end up very displeased with the size of the slice of the estate they receive and have fewer qualms about taking matters to court if they feel they have been treated unfairly under the will."

Earlier this month, the Motley Fool suggested that it is still important for people to make wills despite recent changes in the law which mean that widows and widowers are to receive bigger payouts if their spouse dies intestate.