Publish date

8 November 2017

Can you disinherit a child?

After the death of Lord Snowdon earlier this year, it was revealed he had left his first-born illegitimate daughter out of his £3.2m estate. Instead Princess Margaret’s former husband split his estate between his three children from his two marriages, and a son, who was born out of wedlock. Amy Wilford speaks to about the legal implications. 

The general rule in England and Wales is that, a testator, i.e. a person making a will, can leave what they chose to whomever they chose, which includes disinheriting a child. There are often valid reasons for doing so. However, a child of the deceased can bring a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 (the ‘1975 Act’) if the will is not thought to provide reasonable financial provision for

The full article can be found here: Can you disinherit a child?

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