A widow wins £1m after being disinherited from her husband's will

A long court case has ended in a result for an 88-year-old, who's deceased husband left his estate to his two sons - leaving his wife of 66 years and two daughters were excluded.

When family feuds spill into the will

We wrote in a blog previously that while technically there is nothing illegal with leaving family members out of a will, but it's certainly a difficult moral dilemma.

Usually, we hear about family members being disinherited after a family feud, but in this latest case, Mr Karnail Singh, who passed away in 2021, expressed a wish in his will to leave his estate entirely to the male line.

Entitled to 50%

Mr Singh and his wife Harbans Kaur, had their own clothing business - and both parties were active in running and maintaining that business. She said therefore, she was entitled to 50% of the estate, which she valued at around £1.9million.

The judge agreed and said it was clear the no "reasonable provision" had been made for Kaur, especially as she was now living on state benefits of £12,000 per annum.

Kaur's sons however, valued the business at £1.2million - and it was this figure which was given consideration. The judge concluded that Kaur had played a full role in the marriage in the marriage, both in the home and in the family business, and awarded her 50% of the net value of the estate.

Downs Solicitors can help

We see all too frequently how family feuds can lead to members being left out of a will - and the heartache it can bring along with it. You really must keep communications open with your family about your wishes, but if you have been left out of a will unfairly, it is possible to contest it.

For further advice, contact the Private Client team at Downs Solicitors to see how we can help.

Liz Dalgetty

Liz Dalgetty

Consultant Solicitor & Notary Public

Tel: +44 (0) 1306 502251

Office: Dorking Office

Email: l.dalgetty@downslaw.co.uk