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Supreme Court date set for inheritance dispute

The Supreme Court will hear an already well known case relating to an inheritance dispute involving major animal charities on December 12.

Ilott (Respondent) v The Blue Cross and others concerns a ruling made by the Court of Appeal in July 2015. The estranged daughter of a woman who had left her entire estate to charity successfully disputed the will and was eventually awarded enough to buy her home. Her claim was made under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

However, three of the principal beneficiaries of the mother’s original will pursued the case. The Blue Cross, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals argue that the decision to set aside funds for the daughter was wrong and that it also should have not have been awarded in a way that preserved the daughter’s entitlement to benefits.

At the scheduled one day hearing in December, Justices of the Supreme Court will consider whether or not the Court of Appeal’s approach to the Inheritance Act had been the correct one.

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