On 15 March 2017, the Supreme Court handed down its Judgment in the long running case of Ilott v. The Blue Cross & Others. This case concerned the estate of the late Mrs Melita Jackson, who died in 2004 leaving the vast majority of her estate, worth a little under £500,000, to animal charities with whom she had no real connection in her lifetime. Her adult daughter, Mrs Heather Ilott, who had been estranged from the deceased for some 26 years, was specifically excluded from benefitting. The deceased signed Letters of Wishes in 1984 and 2002 explaining why she had made no provision for her daughter. The evidence was that Mrs Ilott was aware that she was disinherited in her mother’s Will and she had lived independently of her mother, albeit in straitened financial circumstances.