Who can oppose a grant of probate?

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Not just anyone can oppose a grant of probate, or contest the validity of a will.  You must have what the law calls “standing“.  And you only have standing (or locus standi) to oppose a probate application or contest the validity of a will if you have a legal interest in the estate of a deceased person. 

Further, it is important to be able to show that the interest is enough so as to entitle you to oppose the grant of probate being applied for; and so have standing to bring an action disputing the validity of the will. 

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Pets – making provision for their care by will

Pets are family – make a plan for their care

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Who will look after me?

Pets and companion animals are important parts of our lives and family. Legally a pet is regarded as property, not a ‘person’ (although we might think of them that way!), belonging to their owner.  Being property means that a pet cannot hold title to property and so cannot take a direct gift of money as a beneficiary under a will. 

As owners, it is important to consider options for their care should you become unable to continue and for when you die.

Expressing your wishes as to what you would like done and documenting a plan for their welfare is helpful to family, friends and your executors.  Make sure you let them know.

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