LONDON – Britain's Court of Appeal has overturned the will of a mother who had chosen to give her estate to animal charities rather than her only child.
Judge Mary Arden said Monday that the mother, Melita Jackson, should have given a reasonable provision to her daughter, Heather Ilott, who is living on benefits and has no pension. In its ruling, the court also said Jackson had no connection with the charities named in the will.
The pair had been estranged for 26 years, after Ilott left home at 17 to live with her soon-to-be husband. Several efforts at reconciliation failed.
The court awarded 143,000 pounds ($223,000) to Ilott so she could buy her rented home from a housing association and a further 20,000 pounds in cash as "additional income."
This story has been corrected to show that the judgment was Monday, not Tuesday.