Where there is a will, there is a way to go

Where there is a will, there is a way to go

The Law Reform Commission’s report on succession makes recommendations that reflect the changing shape of Irish families, but could increase the number of legal rows

Last week, the Law Reform Commission published a report with the potential to dramatically shake up the usually sedate world of probate planning. Most controversially of all, the recommendations could increase the amount of litigation over contested wills by broadening the circumstances in which children can claim that they have not been properly provided for by their parents.

Wills have always been a catalyst for bitter legal disputes within families. Writer Ambrose Bierce noted: “Death...

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