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Statistics – Will Disputes & Family Provision Claims In NSW

This page provides statistics that may be relevant to the area of will dispute and family provision
Will Disputes and Family Provision Claims in New South Wales
Will Disputes
Will Disputes

  • The above chart shows the number of cases in NSW that have been disposed of which includes cases that may not have actually gone all the way to Court from 2005 – 2013.


Research suggests that 75% of cases are settled out of court and therefor the number of people involved in disputes would be much higher than shown here. FYI the chances of being murdered in NSW is about 2 in every 100,000 people.  That’s the same as being sucked into a family provisions dispute








The figures above show the growth in FPA claims over the 11 years 1998 – 2009.  As the majority of claims are by adult children the changes show an increase not explained by changes to the Act but an increased willingness to contest a will.  With the introduction of the notional estate rules this increase will accelerate in 2012 and beyond.