Will disputes increase as dementia cases rise in Sheffield

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Sheffield lawyers specialising in Will disputes have revealed a significant rise in the number of contested Wills involving mental capacity issues.

Irwin Mitchell lawyers have said the stigma of mental illness has led to people hiding their dementia - which has led to an increase in the number of wills being disputed by family and friends.

The Riverside East-based law firm says it has seen a 53 per cent rise in the number of disputes where it is argued that the person who made the Will lacked the mental capacity to do so.

Lawyers are now calling for more support for vulnerable people who could be taken advantage of.

Adam Draper, a specialist solicitor in the Will, Trust and Estate Disputes team, said the Sheffield office is receiving about 70 new enquiries a month.

He said: “People are living longer than previous generations so more and more people are being affected by mental illnesses such as dementia.

“People with dementia are extremely vulnerable to being influenced in terms of their finances and the contents of their Wills, which can lead to people being taken advantage of and Will disputes following their death.”