Who can make an Inheritance Act claim?
An Inheritance Act claim can only be brought by certain categories of individuals, being:
- Surviving spouses or civil partners of the deceased
- Former spouses or civil partners of the deceased (subject to some exclusions)
- Cohabiting partners who lived with the deceased for at least 2 years prior to their death
- A child of the deceased
- Someone treated as a child of the family (e.g. a step-child)
- Dependants ‘maintained’ by the deceased