Lawyers acting for disinherited relatives received a boon from the Court of Appeal following this landmark ruling, as the panel of judges have greatly broadened the previous interpretations of the Inheritance (Provision for families and Dependants) Act 1975.
Watson Rambottom director Jonathan Leach will provide a detailed analysis once the judgment has been fully digested.
A Hertfordshire woman cut out of her mother's will has been awarded a £164,000 inheritance in what could prove to be a landmark ruling. Heather Ilott, of Ware, went to court after her mother Melita Jackson left her £486,000 estate to animal charities when she died in 2004. The Court of Appeal has ruled she should receive a third of the estate. The ruling could significantly weaken people's right to leave money to those they want to inherit it, it is thought.