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Ilott v The Blue Cross

15th Mar, 2017 / Legal & Law Firm, News

The Supreme Court has today handed down judgment on the landmark case of Ilott v The Blue Cross (previously Ilott v Mitson) the first claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 ever to be considered at this level.  The Court held that the Charities’ appeal was allowed and the first instance decision of DJ Million awarding the much lesser sum of £50,000 to the claimant, Mrs Heather Ilott the daughter of the testator Mrs Melita Jackson, was restored.

The Supreme Court highlighted the significance of testamentary freedom and who is chosen by a testator to benefit under their will.  Jessica Neyt a partner in Knights’ Contentious Probate team says that the Supreme Court’s decision is likely to have ramifications for many testators as well as more directly for litigation under the 1975 Act.

Contributor: Knights

Website: knights1759.co.uk

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