A Hertfordshire woman cut out of her mother’s Will has been awarded a £164,000 inheritance after her mother Melita Jackson left her £486,000 estate to animal charities when she died in 2004.
The Court of Appeal has ruled she should receive a third of the estate after the court heard Mrs Ilott, 54, had left home at the age of 17 to live with her boyfriend and, as a result, her mother had never forgiven her and did not want her to receive a penny of her estate. She was then awarded a third of the estate because her mother hadn’t left “reasonable provision” for her in the Will.
The ruling could significantly weaken people’s right to leave money to those they want to inherit. It will still mean that children can be disinherited but it may become a requirement to explain why and what connects you to those you do leave money to.
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