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Class Act: Who Can Make A Dependency Claim?

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Law in a nutshell

An individual is entitled to make a will and leave their estate to anyone they choose – unless a dependent is excluded or insufficiently provided for. But who is a ‘dependent’ for the purposes or making a dependency claim against the estate? It’s obvious a child under 18 qualifies – but what about adult children, or the spouse of an adult child? And what does this mean for wills clients?

What's covered?

Who can make a claim, financial provisions, how you use this in the law and case law examples.

Estimated length

15 mins

Recommended knoweldge level  

Beginner

Knowledge check

3 questions at the end to check your understanding