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    My grandfather has recently died, leaving behind two daughters. He left a will in which he bequethed all of his money and possessions to various organisations funding archaeological digs and conservation of historical monuments; he didn't do this out of malice but because he was a lifelong enthusiast for archaeology and history and wished that his wealth could contribute to the field. He was quite wealthy, having about £3,000,000 in assets upon his death. My mother fully supports what was written in his will, as do I; it was his money, his house, his possessions to do with as he pleased. My aunt however is to pursuing legal action in order to inherit this money; she is a thoroughly unlikeable and unscrupulous character. Does she have a chance of getting it back? Can relatives override wills? And how can we go about blocking her actions?
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    Unfortunately, she does have a chance. A similar thing happened recently and was in the media where a woman claimed back money given to a charity in a will.

    It's a sad fact, but it happens.

    Edit: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/n...re/8298700.stm
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    Unfortunately, she does have a chance. A similar thing happened recently and was in the media where a woman claimed back money given to a charity in a will.

    It's a sad fact, but it happens.

    Edit: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/n...re/8298700.stm
    in that situation the inheritance was a going concern (a business) which the daughter of the deceased had put a lot of work into (unpaid). There were also some deeper family issues.

    In the case of the OP it would be upto the aunt to try to prove that the grandfather at the time of the will was coerced or not 'competent (mentally) to make that decision.

    Having a sister who does not contest the will will heavily go against the OP's aunt.
 
 
 
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