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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