Daughters battle for share in mother’s estate
Grieving the loss of her mother, Gina was stunned to learn that she and her two sisters had been left out of her mother’s will.
One of five siblings – two boys and three girls – Gina had moved to Greece from Australia with her husband years earlier but enjoyed a good relationship with her mum.
“It hurt discovering that mum left everything to our brothers,” Gina said.
“Her will didn’t appear to acknowledge any of the contributions the daughters made to buying the family home in Australia,” she said.
To make matters worse, the brothers were not prepared to share part of the estate with their sisters.
Gina, now an elderly widow, sought legal advice from Alan Rigas Solicitors. Given her relationship to the deceased and her own personal circumstances, it was clear that Gina had a legitimate claim on the estate.
Gina lived with her daughter in Greece. She had no income and was not receiving any pension.
“In some circumstances there is a genuine need to make a claim on the estate because the deceased has, for whatever reason, failed to adequately provide for someone in their will that they should have.”
Alan Rigas, Gina’s lawyer
One of Gina’s sisters (not represented by Alan Rigas Solicitors) was also eligible, however, the third (not represented by Alan Rigas Solicitors), due to her net assets, was advised she was unlikely to have a legitimate claim.
If you feel you’ve been unfairly left out of a will contact Alan Rigas Solicitors on +61 2 9635 5333 or email us at ua.moc.walsagir%40ofni