We acted for a woman who left her family home when she was a teenager as a result of abuse she suffered at the hands of her mother’s partner. Our client remained estranged from her mother at date of death. Her mother bequeathed the entirety of her estate to her brother.
At the time of our mother’s death, our client had not finished school, was struggling to find work and had limited financial means. Her brother owned his own home and had a well paid job. Our client’s mother had paid for her brother to go to university.
We assisted our client in bringing a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and as a result she received sufficient funds from her mother’s estate to purchase a property in her local area and fund some further education.
Our client’s claim was premised heavily on the moral obligation owed to her by her late mother, the estrangement having coming about as a consequence of factors outside of her control.