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Widow Wins Half of £1m Estate Despite Being Left Out of Husband’s Will After 66-Year Marriage

February 16, 2023 Estate Planning,Wills, Executry & Probate

At Jones Whyte, we understand that estate planning can be a sensitive topic, but it is an essential part of financial planning to ensure that your loved ones are provided for after your passing. A recent case in the news highlights the importance of having a clear and up-to-date plan for your estate in place.

The case involved a couple who had been married for 66 years when the husband passed away. His will left his entire estate to his children, leaving his wife with nothing. The widow challenged the will in court, arguing that her husband had failed to provide reasonable financial provision for her, and the court ultimately ruled in her favour, awarding her half of the £1m estate.

The judge in the case emphasised the importance of taking into account the long-term needs of a surviving spouse when making a will, particularly in cases where the couple has been married for a long time.

This case serves as a reminder that estate planning is not just about distributing assets after death, but also about ensuring that loved ones are provided for and protected. By working with Jones Whyte’s experienced estate planning solicitors, our clients can create a comprehensive plan that takes into account their unique circumstances and provides for their beneficiaries in the way they intended.

We recognise the importance of planning for later life and looking after your family, and our experienced team can assist you with all aspects of estate planning, including wills, power of attorney, family protection trusts, and other tools to protect your assets and provide for your beneficiaries. We can advise on the best options for your individual circumstances, taking into account your specific needs and goals.

By working with us, you can have peace of mind knowing that your affairs are in order and your loved ones will be taken care of. Contact us at Jones Whyte to learn more about how we can help you with your estate planning needs. Don’t wait until it’s too late, start planning for your future today.

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