‘Woman rejected by mother in will wins £164,000 inheritance’ according to the BBC’s headline. Melita Jackson died on 29 June 2004 leaving her net estate of £486,000 to a selection of charities. Melita had had little if anything to do with these charities during her lifetime. Sadly Melita had fallen out with her only child, Heather Ilott. The pair became estranged when Heather was 17 or 18 years old because Heather ran away with a man who was to become her husband and father of her five children.
Heather’s claim against the estate of her late mother has reached its latest decision from the Court of Appeal having been up and down from County Court to High Court and back up again to the Court of Appeal (Ilott v Mitson CA  EWCA Civ 797). Mrs Ilott’s latest appeal was that an award against her mother’s estate of £50,000 was insufficient for her maintenance and the award should be increased. The Court of Appeal has set aside the award and substituted its own award of £143,000 plus up to a further £20,000. Why and how? Continue reading “Disinherited? Don’t lose heart. Disinheriting? Take care …”