Wills & Probate | Husband Of 66 years Left Nothing In His Will To His 88 Year Old Widow
Updated: Jul 31
A Judge was told that Mr Singh left everything to his two sons within his Will as he wanted to leave his £1m+ estate solely down to the male line. Mr Singh’s estate included a family-run clothing business.
Mr Singh left behind his widow, Mrs Kaur, whose only income was state benefits of around £12,000 per annum. Mr Singh also had four daughters.
The Judge felt that reasonable provision had not been made for Mrs Kaur and ruled that Mr Kaur should receive 50% of the net value of the estate.
Within the Judge’s detailed decision, he said:
“It seems to me that this is the clearest possible case entitling me to conclude that reasonable provision has not been made for the claimant [Mrs Kaur]. It is hard to see how any other conclusion can be reached. After a marriage of 66 tears, to which she made a full and equal contribution, and during which all the assets accrued, she is left with next to nothing.”
This case clearly shows the importance of taking legal advice when preparing a Will and discussions about the implications of excluding a person from a Will. This can mean that the Will is contested and Court proceedings commence, which only increases costs, conflict and upset for grieving families.
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