Readers may have seen a spate of press reports of the case of Ilott v Mitson, which was heard by the Court of Appeal in July last year. The case generated significant controversy which centred around an estranged daughter's claim for financial provision from her mother's estate, which was successful despite the fact that her mother wanted all of her assets to pass to a number of charities. Last week the Supreme Court indicated that the charity beneficiaries have been given permission to appeal the judgment.
Ahead of the Supreme Court hearing, we consider what steps a client (and their professional advisers) can take to minimise the risk that their Will could be attacked after death.
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