INHERITANCE RIGHTS IN NIGERIA

Inheritance rights determine who has the legal right to claim your property after death.

8/3/2022 1 min read

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INHERITANCE RIGHTS IN NIGERIA

Inheritance rights determine who has the legal right to claim your property after death.

In general, children and grandchildren have no legal right to inherit a deceased parent or grandparent’s property. This means that if children or grandchildren are not included as beneficiaries, they will not, in all likelihood, be able to contest the Will in court.

However, if children were excluded as beneficiaries accidentally, most states will allow children to contest the Will. For example, if an individual created a Will that included existing children and then had or adopted a child after the creation of the Will and did not update it to include this new child, the state will very often recognize the new child’s right to some of the assets. In this type of situation, the state assumes that the parent did not intentionally disinherit the child, but did so accidentally.

Whatever arrangements you choose to make in terms of naming beneficiaries and distributing your assets, it's a good idea to have a conversation with your family about the arrangements you've made. By talking openly about your decisions with your family members or other people you've named as beneficiaries in your Will, you can help your family avoid surprises, disappointments, and conflict. If you've made choices that you think your family might disagree with, talking about the choices you've made can offer you an opportunity to explain your reasons for making these decisions, which can hopefully help your family avoid conflict in the future.

NB: This article is not a legal advice, and under no circumstance should you take it as such. All information provided are for general purpose only. For information, please contact chamanlawfirm@gmail.com

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