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October 1, 2015

 

In July there was a great deal of excitement in the press about the case of Ilott v Mitson [2015] EWCA Civ 797. Headlines such as “Your will can be ignored, say judges” (Telegraph) and “Judge rules mother's will can be overturned despite it going against her wishes” (ITV news) may have given the impression that a radical change had been wrought upon testators everywhere by the Court of Appeal. However this is not so.

 

The case is based very much on its facts. Mrs Jackson died in 2004 and left t...

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