A little bit of a sensitive subject if ever there was one. The case of Mrs Ilott has finally been decided by the supreme court leaving the estranged daughter with around 10% of the inheritance.
It seems that children can only be excluded from wills as far as is reasonable and in this case 10% of the estate was a reasonable sum. The legal arguments seem horrendously complex and turn largely on the circumstances of the estranged child after the parent passed away. On the other hand we have to try and draw a principal from the case to help advise clients.
Here is also a link to our will questionnaire which should help identify and mitigate any problems with making your wills.