More inheritance claims on the way?

Following a recent court of appeal ruling, inheritance dispute claims could become easier for family members who feel they have been left out in the will of a relative whilst one or more charities benefited.

In this particular case, after Heather Ilott apparently fell out with her mother, Melita Jackson, she was left out of her mother’s will in favour of various charities. The judges commented that they felt it was “unreasonable” for the mother to put charities before leaving property to her own child.

Probate lawyers believe this could have a significant impact on how wills are treated – legacies to charities, made in the absence of provision for children, for example, are likely to lead to least grounds for challenging a will and many more applications to dispute wills.

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