Another appeal against a will was heard recently, regarding overseas property.
The Court of Appeal heard in October, how the deceased father of five adult children had a significant relationship with a woman and her son in later years.
The deceased had been fortunate enough to have property both in the UK and Cyprus, and his entire estate was left to his partner and her son upon his death, in accordance with the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975.
His children launched an appeal to overturn this decision. However, they finally agreed that the woman’s family had indeed been dependent on their father prior to his death and so by default, they should benefit from the estate.
The judge in the appeal upheld the original ruling but conceded that the man’s children should be awarded some of the English assets.