This book looks at The Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 which has a direct effect on a person's freedom to dispose of his estate as he wills. There are many more people cohabiting now than ever before and divorce continues to increase. In consequence, there has been a substantial rise in claims by cohabitees, spouses, former spouses, children and other dependants. The purpose of this book is to provide an effective guide to the statutory provisions, together with an analysis of their interpretation by the courts. Key elements necessary to a full understanding of the Act are discussed such as who has the right to make a claim, what must be shown in support of the claim, the procedure, what financial facts and domestic arrangements are relevant and the extent of the court's powers.