Ball v Ball [2017] 1 EWHC 1750 (Ch)

WTLR Issue: Autumn 2017 #169

The Deceased was married to James Ball. They had had eleven children, including the three claimants and eight of the nine defendants. In or around 1991, the family split, when the three claimants reported their father to the police for sexually abusing them when they were younger...

Ilott v Mitson [2015] EWCA Civ 797

WTLR Issue: October 2015 # 153

The appeal concerned the quantification of an award for maintenance pursuant to the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 (the 1975 Act). Section 1 of the 1975 Act confers the right on, among others, a child of the deceased to apply for an order if the will of the deceased or the intestacy rules did not make reasonable provision for that person...

Quantum: Of greatest benefit?

| Trusts & Estates Law and Tax Journal | October 2015 #170

The Court of Appeal judgment in Ilott v Mitson highlights the problem of quantifying reasonable financial provision for the adult child under s2 of the I(PFD)A 1975. Miranda Allardice explains

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Wright v Waters & anr [2014] EWHC 3614 (Ch)

WTLR Issue: March 2015 #147

The claimant was Patricia Wright who made a claim against the estate of her mother Mary Waters. Mrs Waters died on 29 December 2010 leaving an estate worth £138,000.

Mrs Waters had two children – Patricia and David. Patricia (a widow) has one child Victoria and two grandchildren...

Ilott v Mitson & ors [2014] EWHC 542 (Fam)

WTLR Issue: May 2014 #139

This was an appeal against quantum in an application under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. The deceased was called Melita Jackson and the appellant was her estranged daughter.

The proceedings had a protracted history...

Christofides v Seddon & ors 1CL10658

WTLR Issue: March 2014 #137

Marula Christofides died on 14 May 2009 having made a will on 22 October 2008 leaving her worldwide residuary estate between her son Andreas, her two daughters Panayiota and Joanna and her granddaughter Benita.

Probate was granted in May 2010 on a net UK estate of £308,253 with a property in London valued then at £300,000 but at the time of trial worth £420,000...

Zarrinkhat v Kamal & ors HC12F02461

WTLR Issue: October 2013 #133

Iranian born Mrs Theodore (the testatrix) died domiciled in England on 18 February 2009. She left a will dated 29 October 2002 which distributed her £573,000 estate primarily between her adult niece and son (the first and fourth defendants). She also left a legacy of £50,000 to her then 51- year-old daughter (Ms Zarrinkhat)...