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Is this the last resort for children left out of a parent’s will, ask James Lister and Katelyn Warner     

20 May 2014

Christine Watts challenging the validity of her mother’s will – or a claim for reasonable financial provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 – is one of an increasing number of similar cases.

Siblings and family members often fight after the death of a relative when they believe sufficient financial provision has not been made for them under a will. Watts v Watts [2014] EWHC 668 (Ch) was handed down recently.

When Valerie Watts bequeathed all her £200,000 estate to son Gary after she purportedly executed a new will on her deathbed, daughter Christine challenged its validity. Gary contested the claim having visited his mother ev...

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