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Wills & Probate | Widow Wins Case Challenging Will Of Late Husband Despite Being Cut Out of the Will

Updated: Jul 31, 2023

Karnail Singh excluded his wife and their four daughters from his £1m estate. He and his widow, Hardans Kaur, married in 1955. The Will was written in 2005. Mr Singh passed away in 2021.

Mr Singh wanted to leave his estate solely down the male line and left his entire estate to his two sons.

Mr Justice Peel, who heard the case, weighed up the factors in s3 of the Inheritance Act 1975 and also referred to the reasonable financial provision, said:

“this is the clearest possible case entitling me to conclude that reasonable provision has not been made for the claimant… It is hard to see how any other conclusion can be reached.”

Mr Justice Peel awarded 50% of the net value of the estate to Mrs Kaur.

It is important to take legal advice when preparing a Will as otherwise instances like this can happen. It is not quite as simple to exclude someone from a Will. You may end up with your Will being challenged.

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