Where there’s a Will…
Perhaps you know the saying.. “where there’s a Will, there’s a crowd”, well it seems that there may have been a landmark ruling in the Court of Appeal. This could impact anyone wishing to disinherit their own children.
The potential landmark ruling was handed down by Lady Justice Arden at the Court of Appeal on 27 July 2015 throws into question the “security” of a number of Wills.
Long story short – Heather Ilott challenged her late mother’s Will of 2002. The original Will made by her mother Melita Jackson, expressly prohibited her only daughter from any inheritance from her estate, leaving the entire estate to animal charities. This all stemmed from a family event in 1978 when Heather then 17, eloped with her boyfriend, who she later married. Mrs Jackson died in 2004 and the Will was initially challenged by her daughter and she was awarded £50,000 of the £486,000 estate. An appeal was initially denied, but this week was upheld by Lady Justice Arden. Heather Ilott was awarded £164,000 about a third of the estate.