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Now Heather Ilott’s lengthy circumnavigation of the courts appears to be over, what is the benefit of forfeiture clauses in protecting an estate, asks Lloyd Junor

16 May 2014

When Heather Ilott was unhappy that her mother, Melita Jackson, left her nothing in her will, she challenged the lack of provision as an adult child under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

At first instance, in 2007, she was awarded £50,000. She appealed the decision and the Court of Appeal remitted the question of what should be ‘reasonable financial provision’ back to the High Court in 2011.

Ilott sought £240,000 mainly for housing needs, but Parker J declined to interfere with the original award, leaving her in no better a...

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