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    Appeal court rules that woman's daughter should get money left to three animal charities


    Heather Ilott was granted the sum even though her mother, Melita Jackson, had specified in her will that the executors should defend any claim made by her daughter.

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    The charity sector has expressed concern after the Court of Appeal ruled yesterday that a daughter should receive 163,000 that her mother had specified in her will should be left to three animal charities.

    Yesterday, the court granted Heather Ilott the sum on the grounds that her mother, Melita Jackson, did not leave "reasonable provision" for her and she would otherwise face a life of poverty.

    Experts have warned the decision could lead to more legal challenges to the terms of wills, which brought 1.24bn to 76 charities over the 12 months to March, according to the charity legacy consortium Legacy Foresight.

    The case has lasted for almost a decade. Jackson died in 2004 after making a will in 2002 in which she left all of her 486,000 fortune to the Blue Cross, the RSPB and the RSPCA. The will included a letter that instructed her executors to defend any claim made by her daughter.
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    who cares... send it all to charity because money is the root of all evils!
    She can always get money from claiming benefits

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    Remember Jarndyce vs Jarndyce.

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    I don't think I could contest a will. I've got a feeling I've been cut out of my parents anyway, not that they've got much to leave behind, but I don't think I'd lower myself.

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    Me too, I haven't been on the best of terms with my mum over the years. I think this woman had a case though as she was on her uppers, but on the other hand an inheritance is a privilege not a right so it's difficult to say if this was the right decision or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timey View Post
    on the other hand an inheritance is a privilege not a right so it's difficult to say if this was the right decision or not.
    Exactly. If you've not been left anything it's because the person didn't want you to have it.

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    Plus, inheritance is only a custom because it is the way it has been done for centuries, but it could be taken away any time. It would be pretty unpopular though.

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