The Supreme Court has recently given the final decision in the long running high profile case of Ilott v The Blue Cross & Others (formerly Ilott v Mitson).
In a unanimous judgment, the Justices upheld the general principle of testamentary freedom. You can make a Will under which you leave your estate on your death to who you like, and with renewed confidence that your wishes will be given due consideration.
The case involved a claim by Heather Ilott, whose deceased mother chose to benefit three animal welfare charities in her Will rather than leaving anything at all to her long estranged daughter. The mother left specific instructions to her executors to fight any challenge her daughter might make.
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