Landmark Ruling Gives Daughter £164,000 Inheritance

In 2004, a woman named Melita Jackson left £486,000 to animal charities. Her daughter, Heather Ilott, took the will to court in order to get a share of this estate – the will did not initially feature her at all. The pair had fallen out after Ms Ilott had eloped at the age of 17. She went on to have a long and happy relationship, and five children with her husband. But Ms Jackson could never forgive her daughter for what she had done.

Eventually, after many months, the Court of Appeal agreed that Ms Ilott should receive one third of the estate.

Landmark Ruling on Daughters Inheritance 227x300 Landmark Ruling Gives Daughter £164,000 Inheritance

 

What does this mean in terms in will writing and inheritance? The experts are predicting that this could mean that people will not be able to disinherit their children unless they give a detailed reason why. Simply missing them out of the will without any additional documentation to explain why could mean that, if the children take the will to court, they will be given part of the estate. It will make it much easier for those who have been disinherited to challenge the wills of their parents.

The judge in this case ruled that Ms Ilott should have one third of the estate as her mother had not left her ‘reasonable provision’.

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