The last 12 months have seen several high-profile cases in the contentious trust and probate world, write Andrew O'Keeffe and Caroline Cook
In the case of Ilott v Mitson  EWCA Civ 797, the deceased, Mrs Jackson, left her £500,000 estate to three charities, subject to one small legacy, to the exclusion of her only daughter, Heather Ilott.
Jackson and Ilott had been estranged for 26 years, following Jackson's disapproval of her daughter's relationship with her now husband. Jackson was clear when drawing up her will that she did not want her daughter to benefit in any way from her estate and requested that her executors fight any claim that her daughter
The resulting legal fight over Jackson's estate ended in the summer of 2015 with Ilott being a...