In summary, a family provisions claim is a claim made against the estate by a person who considers there has not been adequate provision for their proper maintenance, education or advancement in life.
Only ‘eligible’ people can make a family provisions claim. There is a statutory deadline of 6 months after the date the grant of administration has been made for making a family provisions application.
When considering the merits of a claim, there are a number of criteria to be considered, such as the nature and duration of the relationship between the applicant and the deceased person, and their respective income, property and financial resources.
This can be a complex area of law and it is important to get some legal advice before taking any significant steps.