When promises are made that induce reasonable reliance and detriment, the legal principle of proprietary estoppel may provide recourse if those assurances are ultimately broken. This was the situation faced by James after caring for his elderly Aunt.
James provided daily care and companionship for his Aunt Celia over many years. Celia lacked money to pay for carers, but promised James that if he started providing care for her to whatever degree she needed, he would inherit her home and rare antiques collection one day in return for his dedication. James passed up full-time work opportunities to assist Celia in reliance on this promise.
Tragically, Celia passed away without a will, and intestacy rules awarded her entire estate to estranged children who never even visited. James was left empty-handed after relying on Celia’s promises to his detriment for so long.
Fortunately, C-PAID’s specialist probate solicitors were able to help James contest the estate distribution under proprietary estoppel laws. This legal principle can provide relief where:
- A promise or assurance of property rights was made.
- Reliance on the promise was reasonable.
- Detriment resulted from acting based on the promise.
C-PAID gathered evidence proving that all of the above elements applied to James’ situation. The court agreed James had a valid proprietary estoppel claim. He was awarded the home and antiques collection Celia had promised for his years of caregiving.
Like James, you may have an estoppel claim if you suffered detriment relying on promises of an inheritance. Don’t lose out – contact C-PAID today. Our expert solicitors can evaluate whether proprietary or promissory estoppel principles apply and pursue your rightful entitlements on a no win, no fee basis.
Don’t let unfairness prevail – C-PAID can help uphold inheritance assurances so your sacrifices are not in vain.