With increasing numbers of families challenging relatives' Wills, Peter Littlefield discusses the link between the recession and this growing trend in The Times.

Challenges are especially prevalent on Wills in which large sums of money are left to charity. Around £1.8 billion was left to charities in 2011, according to a Charities Aid Foundation's analysis of the most up-to-date accounts. But with household finances becoming increasingly stretched, family members are contesting such Wills.

Peter commented:"It does not tend to be immediate relatives but disgruntled nephews and nieces who want to challenge bequests.

"More are doing it perhaps in reaction to the economic environment."

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