Last year we reported that the claim by a daughter who had been cut out of her mother’s Will was heading to the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court issued its judgment in the case earlier this week. The Court underlined that people’s wishes in their Wills about who should or should not inherit from them must be respected and and the Courts will only depart from that in cases where there a clear need has been shown. The bar has been raised for adult children who are not disabled who wish to claim a payment from their parents’ estates. All cases are decided on the particular facts, and in this case the money awarded to Mrs Illott was very substantially reduced.
If you wsih to discuss how this judgment might relate to your own will, please make an appointment to see our Wills specialist Chris Wallworth