The Financial Times has reported a notable increase in inheritance disputes finding their way into courts. This is due to a significant rise in asset prices coupled with an increased incidence of dementia.

Probate disputes in the High Court in 2023 are now more than double that in 2016. This trend is continuing to rise as more and more people are prepared to litigate.

A recent High Court case involved a dispute where the sons of an 85-year-old woman alleged that their sister manipulated her against them to inherit her house.

In another case, relatives claimed that a daughter controlled her elderly mother’s diet and coerced her into denying other family members a share of the estate.

In both of these cases, the High Court invalidated the Wills.