Inheritance case is about 'freedom to choose'
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Inheritance case: Judgement is about 'freedom to choose'

The Supreme Court has unanimously allowed an appeal by three animal charities who were left the majority of a £500,000 estate by a mother who cut her estranged daughter out of her will.

Heather Ilott was originally awarded £50,000 from her mother Melita Jackson's estate by a District Judge - which was raised to £160,000 by the Court of Appeal.

The charities challenged this and it has now been ruled she will receive only the original £50,000.

Solicitor James Aspden, who represented the charities, said it showed that people's wishes mattered.

  • 15 Mar 2017