Understanding the decision in Ilott v Mitson: Does your will now mean nothing?

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The recent case of Ilott v Mitson caused a bit of a stir in the media over its possible impacts on testamentary freedom in England and Wales. ‘Your will means NOTHING’ was the headline in the Express, with similar headlines in the Mail and the Telegraph and much of the media named it as a landmark or ground-breaking case. Much of the reporting of the case was done without a full account of how the decision was made and is likely to be an overreaction. The Law The Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 allows a child to apply for an order (for a lump sum or periodical payments) where the deceased has not made reasonable financial provision for their maintenance. In such a case the court can make an order for a lump sum or periodical payments that will, directly or indirectly, pay for the costs of…

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