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Staking a claim: Inheritance Act claims

Lilleyman and Allport offer important guidance for practitioners considering a claim under the Inheritance Act, says Emily Mailer

17 October 2012

Two cases from earlier this year provide some useful reminders for practitioners dealing with claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 (‘the Act’).

The cases of Barbara Lilleyman in Lilleyman v Lilleyman and Lilleyman [2012] EWHC 821 (Ch) and Annemarie Allport in Allport v Allport (unreported) both concerned claims for reasonable financial provision from their late husbands’ estates.

1. Lilleyman v Lilleyman

Mrs Lilleyman, aged 66, was married to Roy Lilleyman for just over two years before his death in January 2010. His estate was worth in the region of £6m. It was, in divorce terms, a ‘short marriage, big money’ case.

By his will, Mr Lilleyman appointed his adult sons of his first marriage as executors and trustees; after various spe...

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