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03rd March 2016

Ilott v Mitson to go to Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has granted permission to appeal to the charities

It was confirmed yesterday that the Supreme Court has granted permission to appeal to the charities involved in this case, namely the Blue Cross, RSPB and RSPCA. The case made the headlines in July last year when the Court of Appeal awarded the adult daughter, Heather Ilott, one third of her mother’s estate, despite having been estranged from her mother and financially independent of her for a period of 26 years, and despite her mother’s Letter of Wishes stating that her daughter was to receive nothing.

For the charities concerned, this is very welcome news, as it is for many people who have been worried about the Court of Appeal’s decision and its impact on testamentary freedom. Many feel that the Court of Appeal decision was the wrong decision and we shall be keeping a close eye on the case and updating our clients as necessary when the Supreme Court’s decision is available.

If you have any queries in relation to claims against estates, our specialist Contentious Trust and Probate Team will be happy to help. Please click here to email Lucinda Brown or call her on 01223 461155.

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