While you are entitled to leave your assets to anyone you wish, in some circumstances, friends or relatives who believe they have not been sufficiently provided for are entitled to contest your Will.
People who can contest your Will under Succession Act 2006 are not restricted to your spouse and children. Claimants can include a de-facto partner, any other dependants or a former spouse. The person needs to convince the Court that you failed to make adequate provisions for their maintenance, education or advancement in life.
An increasing number of people now have complicated family structures such as blended families and second marriages. This may increase the likelihood of your Will being contested.
We have considerable experience specifically in this area and can explain your options to address your possible challenges.