As a step child of the deceased I am considering contesting a will.

What factors will the court look at in assessing a claim for family provision?

In Graziani v Graziani (Unreported, Supreme Court of New South Wales Equity Division, Cohen J, Eq 2678 of 1985, 20 February 1987) Cohen J said:

That in the case of an applicant who was a step-child of the deceased the factors which the Court should consider include the closeness of the relationship, that is whether it is one which might properly be described as parent and child, whether the applicant was brought up as a permanent member of the family, the age of the applicant when he or she became a member of that family, and the extent to which the applicant was supported by the deceased, whether it be financially, educationally or emotionally.