The IDRN brings together everything IDR has to offer


Contentious probate is a niche area of the law and we believe education and knowledge in this space is essential.

Inheritance disputes are rising with one in three now relying on one to fund retirement or pay off debt.

Since the launch of IDR in 2017 we have studied the inheritance dispute patterns and trends from over 3000 enquiries and we want to share that unparalleled experience with you.

‘As our referral network grew, we could see that we needed to make everything we had to offer available all of the time. The IDRN provides all of that direct help in one space.’ 

Martin Holdsworth, Founder



‘Time saving, reliable, professional advice to keep your client happy and maintain the client relationship, that’s why I would use IDR for contentious matters.’

David Friederick, Managing Director, Marcus Bishop Associates


IFAs & Accountants

When it comes to dealing with probate the majority of work you will be dealing with is going to be non-contentious, therefore, no claim has been made and there is no challenge facing the process.

However, with l in 3 now looking to make an inheritance claim, it is likely that the challenges in this type of work will increase for you over the coming years.

Your clients will turn to you when they need this kind of financial support.


Reassurance is key

It is important when these challenges arise you have a resource to lean on, that you and your client can trust.

As experts in contentious probate, we understand the complexity these kinds of matters can bring, it is all we do day in day out. Therefore, we can provide a tremendous upside of support for your clients with no risk of them going anywhere else afterwards.

We will also collaborate with you every step of the way to resolve the issues whilst you administer the estate. We also  offer fee share arrangements.

At a glance

Collaborative working

Top notch advice

Genuine reciprocity

Fee sharing

Recommended reading from the IDRN

The Act

The Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975, or “1975 Act” offers individuals, associated with the deceased, the opportunity to bring about a claim against the estate where they feel they have not been ‘reasonably’ provided for or, left out entirely under the terms of any Will that the Deceased made or the provisions of the Rules of Intestacy, where there is no valid Will and the law prescribes who is to receive a Deceased persons estate.

The Act does not generally allow for the consideration of ‘fairness’ in respect to a will but rather the financial needs of the individual making the claim. The Court, therefore, is not obliged to consider the deceased’s reasons for excluding an individual or make any moral judgements, but rather it considers the balance of the need of the individual making the claim against the interests of the other applicants under the Act alongside the beneficiaries of the Estate (whether that is under the terms of a Will
or the Rules of Intestacy).

What are the pitfalls & benefits of the 1975 Act?

We start by examining the types of eligible claimants, how their claims are considered by the Court and the benefits and pitfalls associated with them.

Eligible Claimants – Pitfalls and Benefits

1. Claimant was financially maintained by the Deceased: this Claimant must show that they were receiving a substantial contribution in money/or money worth such as
housing towards from the Deceased. Essentially the aim is to put right a wrong created by the Deceased where he fails to provide for someone who relies on him for financial support…


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In our experience in advising in claims against errant Trustees, we have collated the following examples of behaviour
which could be deemed inappropriate.

These are set out below;

1. Breach of trust – this may arise where the trustee has failed to follow the terms of the trust document which has
resulted in an undesirable outcome for one of or all beneficiaries or the trust itself.

2. Absent trustee – on occasion, trustees have been reported to fail to fulfil their duties and obligations whilst acting
as a trustee, whether this be causing unnecessary delay, lack of communication or lack of action or even as
above, breaches of trust.

3. Uncooperative trustee – if the trustee is refusing to co-operate with other trustees or deal with legitimate
enquiries from beneficiaries and provide…


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In straightforward circumstances, a family will would involve mother and father leaving their residuary estates to each other and
on the death of the second of them everything to be divided between the surviving children equally …

However – this is not always the case!

Family histories and dynamics can be complicated and with blended families and second (or more) marriages becoming more
common creating step-sibling scenarios, this brings with it more complicated ways of dealing with affairs on death.

Side-ways disinheritance

This is something which we come across fairly regularly. This usually occurs where Mr A and Mrs A have married, both with sets of
children of their own from previous relationships. If Mr A passes away, if there is no Will, the intestacy rules apply and his estate
(or the lions share) passes to Mrs A.

Mrs A is then free to do as she pleases with the estate and can make a will leaving her estate to her own children, thus Mr A’s
children missing out. If they have made wills whereby they leave everything to each other and on to their respective children in
equal shares…


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What will you find in the IDRN?

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The Triage area

Our triage area covers the most commonly occurring contentious situations we see at IDR Law. This space provides you with everything you can possibly need to know if one of these cases lands on your desk.

For each query we provide the content and support.

  • Overview of the situation
  • Dedicated factsheets to pass to clients
  • Relevant case studies/commentaries and FAQs
  • Who to talk to at IDR
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The knowledgebase

A  content hub for anyone working in wills and probate, structured perfectly to find the information you need.

Full of FAQs, factsheets, case studies, commentaries and training material designed to assist you when it comes to dealing with contentious matters, professional development, or for non-contentious browsing.

Detailing pretty much everything from general content on estate administration to factsheets on individual claims under the 1975 Act, will dispute case studies, burial dispute commentary and much more.

‘I’d really recommend checking out the IDRN. It’s free to register and some great content covering contentious wills and probate, and also things like burial disputes. Super easy to navigate and I particularly like the factsheets. Lots of useful information and insights – well worth a look! ‘

Laura Bowden, Senior Solicitor Farewill