In Thompson v Ragget and others  EWHC 688 (Ch),  All ER (D) 18 (Apr), the claimant claimed reasonable financial provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 out of the estate of her late partner, who had left her nothing. CEO Paul King and Chartered Legal Executive Jen Wiss-Carline were interviewed by Family Law @ LexisNexis about the case.
The case involved a claim by a cohabitee for reasonable financial provision under s 1(1)(ba) (as a cohabitee) or 1(1)(e) (as a dependent) of the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 out of the estate of her late partner. The couple had cohabited for 42 years, and the claimant was financially dependent upon the deceased throughout that time and at his death. The net estate was valued at £1,535,060 and included a number of properties.
The deceased entirely disinherited the claimant, instead leaving his estate to two of the defendants who were his tenants.