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Inheritance confusion after court ruling

• The ruling against an estranged daughter’s claim to her mother’s estate leaves little clarity in case law

• The decision means the intentions detailed in a person’s will may not be as final as some would hope

An estranged daughter has lost a supreme court bid to overturn her mother’s will, in a decision that leaves things “slightly confused”, according to Old Mutual Wealth’s Rachael Griffin.

Melita Jackson’s will excluded her only child, Heather Ilott, leaving her £486,000 estate to three animal charities.

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