A long-running inheritance dispute was heard at the Supreme Court this month.
Ilott v The Blue Cross and others concerns the estate of Melita Jackson, who left around £500,000 assets to animal charities when she passed away in 2004.
Her estranged daughter Heather Ilott had subsequently made a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. She argued that her mother had not made “reasonable provision.”
The courts agreed, ruling that she should receive a £50,000 settlement, which increased almost three-fold following an appeal.
Now however, the animal charities which were the original beneficiaries of Ms Jackson’s Will – the Blue Cross, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and the RSPCA – have gone to the Supreme Court to challenge the outcome of the previous hearing.
In a joint statement, the charities said: “[We] look forward to the resulting clarity this should bring for the charity sector as a whole, as well as the renewed confidence a clear decision at the highest level will give those making their Wills that their wishes will be respected.”