As you can see from the Telegraph article, inheritance disputes are on the rise. With more money at stake, parties are more likely to consider it worthwhile to fight it out in Court.

So how can you protect your estate? Here are my tips:

1. A professionally drafted Will, prepared by a solicitor.

2. Select your Executors with CAUTION. It might sound obvious, but so often I see 3 warring siblings all appointed - that will never end well.

3. If you are married and going through a separation, seek urgent advice on a Will. Intestacy will mean the lion's share will go to your spouse. 

4. If you are cohabiting, or have someone dependent upon you financially, that you may not wish to provide for in the Will, take professional advice.

5. Give thought to lifetime gifts you may have made, or intend to make. Do you want these to be accounted for in the Will? If you do, document them carefully to avoid disputes later down the line. Include a Letter of Wishes.

Contact Hedges for advice. It is far cheaper to spend money before you are gone. If you estate is contested then your family members might find themselves having no change from £50,000+ if the case goes to Trial.