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Widow whose husband of 66 years left her out of his will wins half of his estate

After a 66 year marriage, a woman whose husband's will left everything to their two sons and leaving no provision for her or their four daughters, was awarded 50% of the net value of the estate. By excluding the wife from his will, the husband had failed to make reasonable financial provision for her upon his death. The wife was therefore able to make a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 for reasonable provision to be made for her from the husband's estate. 

This is a timely reminder that the provisions of a will must be carefully considered if an Inheritance Act claim is to be avoided later down the line. If you would like to talk to someone at Stevens & Bolton about your will, or making a claim against someone's estate, please get in touch. Our expert teams would be happy to help. 

Peel, who heard the case in the family division of the high court in London, said ... “It seems to me that this is the clearest possible case entitling me to conclude that reasonable provision has not been made for the claimant. “After a marriage of 66 years, to which she made a full and equal contribution, and during which all the assets accrued, she is left with next to nothing.”


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