Inheritance Solicitors Ireland & Family Law Solicitors

Blanchardstown, Castleknock, 27 Upper Mount Street, Dublin City Centre

Inheritance Solicitors Ireland | Family Law Solicitors based in Dublin Ireland

Inheritance Solicitors Ireland shares one of the safeguards of being married envisaged by the Succession Act 1965.  This is the protection against the death of a spouse.

The law previously provided that the old rules of property passing to the eldest son (primogeniture) applied so the new law in 1965 to protect spouses was a radical departure.

That said, generally, on divorce or separation a person’s view as to whom they wish to benefit from their death frequently changes, it is no longer their former spouse but other family members or causes they wish to benefit from after their death. This is of course not always the case, and sometimes on separation or divorce, the entitlements pursuant to the Succession Act, 1965, are left purposely intact. This is an area however where the law is complex and great care must be exercised to deal with your assets at a time when you are quite often financially at a high, even though you are no longer around yourself to deal with your finances – it is an unfortunate reality that we are all worth more dead than alive….particularly when you bear in mind that mortgage protection policies, life insurance policies, and contingent benefits to pensions schemes (such as those valuable benefits often contained in Civil Service Pension Schemes and private company pensions schemes) come into play post-death.

You may ask Inheritance Solicitors Ireland this question. “What is a spouse’s legal right to share?”

If you have left a will, and your spouse or civil partner has never renounced or given up their rights to your estate, then they are entitled to a legal right to share your estate.

This legal right share is:

One-half of your estate if you do not have children

One-third of your estate if you do have children

This entitlement to a legal right share continues to apply if you are separated and have not addressed these specific matters in a legal separation or divorce. It is important to remember that separation and divorce are relatively new laws in the Irish context and it is not particularly unusual for a person to have not formalised a legal separation and for a legal right share to continue to apply to a separated spouse. Indeed, it is one of the reasons why it is important to review your Will and legal life planning post-divorce and to ensure that you have your affairs in order in the manner that you believe, this is particularly significant if you opted to conduct a DIY divorce without legal advice, as frequently important matters such as this and pensions can be left overlooked, as with many matters in the legal arena, the devil is all too often in the detail, that is why early and comprehensive legal advice and input are always to be recommended in such complex affairs.

The legal right share is of such enshrined status that your spouse/civil partner does not have to go to court to get this share, as your executor must give this share where applicable. If you leave a gift to your spouse or civil partner in your will, they can choose to accept the gift instead of their legal right share or they can insist on their legal right share (and the specific gift as part of that legal right share, if it is of less value than the legal right share). From the above, you can gather a snapshot of the complexity of this area of law.

Your executor must:

Inform your spouse or civil partner in writing of their right to choose between these two options and your spouse or civil partner must ask for their legal right to share within 6 months of being notified, or within 12 months of the taking out of the Grant of Representation (Probate).

It is important after significant life events such as marriage (which invalidates a previous Will), separation, and divorce, that you take stock of your legal life plan, including your Will and future intentions. It is to be recommended that these are addressed at the same time as finalising any formal separation and/or divorce with the benefit of expert legal advice. Matters can easily become enormously complicated should you pass away without updating your will to reflect your divorce or separation.

At Carmody Moran Solicitors, we are on hand to provide such expert legal advice you can arrange to have an initial Inheritance Solicitors Ireland Consultation in family law matters for a reduced fee and this gives you an opportunity to review your situation and ask the expert questions regarding your specific circumstances.

Where a legal right share does not apply

Your spouse or civil partner can renounce (give up) their rights to the legal right share. This can be part of an agreement before marriage or civil partnership or the spouse or civil partner can give up their rights to benefit their children or other named beneficiaries. It can also be done as part of a Separation Agreement when formalising a Separation or as part of settlement terms or Courts Orders in judicial separation or divorce proceedings.

Inheritance Solicitors Ireland of  Carmody Moran Solicitors are on hand to provide such expert legal advice and you can arrange to have an initial Consultation in family law matters for a reduced fee this gives you an opportunity to review your situation and ask expert questions regarding your specific circumstances.

Divorce, separation, and desertion

Separation agreements usually, but not always, include a renunciation of both spouses’ or civil partner’s legal right share. Occasionally spouses intentionally maintain these rights against the other.

If your spouse or civil partner deserted you for more than 2 years, they are not entitled to a legal right to share unless they deserted you as a result of your behaviour (for example, domestic abuse).

The complexity of the law in this area and the various types of financial assets (such as valuable pension policies and contingent benefits in Civil Service Pension Schemes and Private Pension Schemes) demonstrate the need for early and expert Inheritance Solicitors Ireland legal advice to ensure that effect is given to all intended matters when dealing with assets (including pensions) on separation and divorce. It is not unknown for these items to be overlooked, after all, who really wants to consider life when they will not be around?

As you will have gathered from reading through this section of our website, matters can easily become enormously complicated should you pass away without updating your will to reflect your divorce or separation.

Inheritance Solicitors Ireland of Carmody Moran Solicitors are on hand to provide such expert legal advice and you can arrange to have an initial Consultation in family law matters for a reduced fee and this gives you an opportunity to review your situation and ask the expert questions regarding your specific circumstances. Carmody Moran Solicitors can then advise you on what is the course of action required, if any, to give full effect to your intentions and furnish you with a complete estimate of legal costs before undertaking any work for agreement.

Cohabiting partners

Partners, who live with each other but are not married or in a civil partnership, have no automatic legal right to each other’s estates, although under the redress scheme for cohabiting couples introduced by the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010 (“the Cohabitant’s Act 2010”) a qualified cohabitant can apply for a share of the estate of a deceased cohabitant.

You can leave some or all of your estate to your partner but this does not cancel out the legal rights of a spouse or civil partner if you were married before to someone else and did not get divorced or had your civil partnership dissolved. Bear in mind the old adage also of ‘death and taxes’ going hand in hand, this area of law can be particularly complex, and getting expert Inheritance Solicitors Ireland legal advice can greatly smooth the path for your loved ones in the future by making provision now in separation or divorce and/or generally in attending to reviewing your circumstances if it has been some time and updating your legal life planning.

As you can appreciate from the foregoing, matters can easily become enormously complicated should you pass away without updating your will to reflect on your divorce or separation and your current relationship status if you are in a new lifelong, and committed relationship and have not fully addressed your legal life plan.

At Carmody Moran Solicitors we are on hand to provide such expert Inheritance Solicitors Ireland legal advice and you can arrange to have an initial Consultation in family law matters for a reduced fee and this gives you an opportunity to review your situation and ask the expert questions regarding your specific circumstances.

In the course of this one-hour consultation with an experienced qualified family law Inheritance Solicitor Ireland, your initial options will be assessed and advised upon as well as practical advice furnished to try to assist and alleviate your current situation. Your Solicitor will be able to advise you of your options and future costs and you can then decide how you wish to proceed.

Call us about any Family Law Inheritance queries. As Inheritance Solicitors based in Dublin Ireland, this is an area of expertise for Niamh, so we are very happy to get your enquiries on the topic.

Inheritance Solicitors Ireland

Your Expert Claims Legal Team in Ireland


At Carmody Moran Solicitors our experienced Inheritance Solicitors Ireland are on hand to advise and skilled in handling all nature of inheritance.

The two partners of Carmody Moran Solicitors have a combined total of in excess of twenty-five years of professional legal experience. Together with their associates, they aim to make the Court process as straightforward and navigable as possible while being on hand to alleviate their client’s concerns and worries about going through the Court process.


Anthony Carmody


Anthony Carmody is one of the founding Partners of Carmody Moran Solicitors.

He has significant experience in personal injury cases and general litigation having handled literally thousands of cases on behalf of clients based in Ireland and abroad.


Niamh Moran


Niamh Moran is one of the founding partners of Carmody Moran Solicitors and is a solicitor with wide ranging experience across all areas of general practice.

Niamh manages the family lawconveyancing in Dublin, and probate divisions of the practice. Niamh’s practice of law is extremely varied and she is regularly sought out for her expertise by clients and colleagues alike.


*While we have made every effort to provide accurate information, the law is always changing and it affects each person differently. This information is not a substitute for specific advice about you personally and it is not intended as legal advice. We will not be liable to you if you rely on this information. In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement. This statement is made in compliance with Reg.8 of SI 518 of 2002.

You should note that no solicitor/client relationship or duty of care or liability of any nature shall exist or be deemed to exist between Carmody Moran Solicitors and you until you have received a written letter of engagement from us in which we confirm our appointment as your Inheritance Solicitors Ireland.



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Sergey Sk
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Madeleine N
Madeleine N
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Very professional experienced solicitors and legal team in Blanchardstown Dublin 15. Anthony Carmody and Niamh Moran run a friendly and efficient practice, supported by a great legal practice team. From commercial to property law, both residential or commercial Conveyancing in Dublin to Estate Planning or Litigation and Family Law, this legal firm ranks as one of the best legal firms in the area. I found Anthony to be very astute and knowledgeable in our discussions about Litigation. His legal advice made me rethink my actions and helped me settle an issue without any unnecessary actions or outlays.
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Joe Marsh
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Kenneth Ohaa
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Salt Almighty
Salt Almighty
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Andrew Grime
Andrew Grime
My partner and I recently made the acquisition of our first home and it was a lengthy and difficult process, due to the fact we were buying from a receiver.In such difficult cases, you will need a legal representation as competent and professional as Carmody Moran Solicitors on your side.We were primarily dealing with Stephanie who gave us regular updates, helped us understand what is happening and what to do. We felt our interest always came first which made every appointment with her something we looked forward to.We were also occasionally in contact with Lucy, Niamh and other brilliant members of the firm, all of whom provided an excellent level of support and knowledge in Stephanie's absence.I couldn't recommend Carmody Moran enough. I would like to give a heartfelt thank-you on behalf of myself and my partner to every one involved at the firm who helped us make our dream a reality. We will not hesitate to call upon your services again should the occasion arise.Andrew.
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