This in an appeal from the Court of Appeal in which the Claimant, Ms IIlott, who has five children and was on benefits and without a pension, was held that she was not given a reasonable provision in the will.

The appeal to the Supreme Court in Ilott v Blue Cross and Ors, filed by the Blue Cross, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, will ask whether the Court of Appeal was wrong to set aside the initial award and to allow Ms Ilott to preserve her entitlement to state benefits.

The ruling will potentially made it easier for adult children who have been excluded from wills, to challenge them if they have not been left a reasonable provision. This may result in a rise in enquiries from people who feel that they have been unfairly disinherited.

Whatever the Supreme Court decides, the judgment from this case will provide clarity to the Inheritance Act 1975. It is likely to set out the guidelines as to when challenges can be brought to wills based on inadequate provision, and also clarify the criteria which must be met in order to disinherit adult children legitimately.