Can a Will be overruled?
The answer to this is short and sweet – yes it can.
Usually, Wills are contested (and an increasing number of Wills are being queried) on the basis that the deceased may have been coerced or was not of sound mind when they had the Will prepared.
However, in the sorry case of the late, great Jimmy Savile’s Will, his state of mind is not in question but his private life unfortunately, is.
The Jim’ll Fix It star originally requested in his Will, for his estate to be passed to various charities with which he was closely associated, friends and existing family. Since his death however, a woman has stepped forward, claiming to be his illegitimate daughter and demanding a large portion of his £7.8 million estate.
The outcome of the case now rests on the results of a DNA test and should it be proven that the woman is indeed his daughter, she could possibly be entitled to the proceeds of his entire estate, under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975.
Even if it is proven beyond all doubt that she is not his daughter, this challenge has forced the executors of the Will to stop the probate process until the facts are ascertained.