Dealing with contentious probate cases can often require that extra level of expertise and support for your clients.


Drawing on our research and years of experience we have created the IDR Network, a free referral and support network.

The IDR Network or IDRN for short, has been designed to provide you with the latest information, support and training when it comes to dealing with inheritance disputes.

Along with step-by-step guidance and collaboration when referring clients for specialist representation.






Law firms, knowing what we know about the inheritance trends and how they are set to rise…

it is almost certain that an increasing number of your clients will become embroiled in conflict situations arising from deaths in their families.

As you are their lawyers it is likely that they will turn to you for the help they need when something like this arises, and that is where we can support you to support them.

But what if you do this kind of work?

  • We are happy to give and receive conflict work
  • We also reciprocate such conflict work


And if you don’t do this type of work

We extend our expertise and experience to your clients in matters of dispute and you would continue to handle the non-contentious Private Client and estate and tax planning work

At a Glance

Collaborative working

Top notch advice

Genuine reciprocity of work

Fee sharing

The IDRN has been set up to support you and your clients.


‘As our referral network grew we could see that we needed to make everything we had to offer available to all of our referrers all of the time – the IDRN was a way of bringing together all the direct help to them in one place’

Martin Holdsworth, Founder IDR Law

IDRU, a ‘university’ style online learning platform, developed to provide internal ongoing training to our own team. We extend the offer to our IDRN members, find out more about our CPD training, webinars and much more.

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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 judgments, 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 mone 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.

Benefit: is that people…

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