Family disputes on the rise

The number of family financial disputes that reach the courts is rising, says the Financial Times.

An expert explains that one reason is the rising value of people’s assets. The typical cost of a court case over a will is £60,000, and rising property values means there is often a lot more than that at stake if someone feels they have been left less than they were due. Another factor is complicated families, with people wanting to provide for children by earlier marriages. One lawyer says home-made wills are a gift for him since they are rarely adequate.