Mrs Ilott vs Mrs Jackson

Mrs. Ilott vs Mrs. Jackson
The right of people to leave money and assets to whom they wish in their Will has been seriously undermined by a landmark court ruling, lawyers warned.
A woman has been awarded £164,000 from her estranged mother’s estate, even though the mother expressly stated in her will that she did not want her child to receive a penny.
Melita Jackson left her £500,000 estate to animal charities when she died in 2004. But after an eight-year court battle, her only daughter, Heather Ilott, 54, was granted a third of that money on the grounds that her mother did not leave “reasonable provision” for her in the will.
The Court of Appeal ruled that Mrs. Ilott would otherwise face a life of poverty because she was on benefits and could not afford to go on holiday or buy clothes for her children.
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Is this normal for a court to overturn a Will like this?
The answer is simply, no. However, in this case, the main reasoning for the judges to decide against Mrs. Jackson's party was because she had little or no association with her named charities, for which she named as the beneficiaries of her estate. Basically, insinuating that Mrs. Jackson was preventing her daughter from inheriting her estate out of spite. Another major factor was that Mrs. Ilott was in receipt of benefits and  dependant on the State.

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Even though, failed attempts at a reconciliation were blamed on both sides. Mrs. Ilott’s father died before she was born and the final falling out came when she named her fifth child after her paternal grandmother, whom her mother did not like. Mrs. Jackson wrote in a letter to lawyers: “I can see no reason why my daughter should benefit in any way from my estate".
Taking professional advice upon the preparation of your Will in light of this ruling can ensure that your wishes are defined clearly and all that can be done to follow your instructions is done.
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