Experts in Enoch Evans LLP Wills, Tax and Probate Department are warning of the importance of reviewing and updating your Will after a deceased man’s young children had to go to court to apply for maintenance from his estate.
In the case of Ubbi v Ubbi the court awarded Ms Bianca Maria Corrado £386,000 of the late Malkair Singh Ubbi’s £3.5 million estate. Ms Corrado appeared at the hearing on behalf of her children aged three and sixth months.
Ms Corrado had a long-term affair with Mr Ubbi, who was described by the Court as leading a ‘double life’. Mr Ubbi, who was the father of the two claimants, was in the process of getting a divorce from his wife when he died in 2015. However, his Will had not provided for the children, prompting Ms Corrado to bring a claim on their behalf.
Reiss Matthews a solicitor in the Wills, Tax and Probate Department at Enoch Evans LLP comments that; “This landmark case proves the importance of not allowing your Will to languish with outdated information and also highlights the potential consequences of staying married to someone despite the irretrievable break down of a relationship. It is possible that many other families in modern day society could face a similar fate and to avoid the costs and time involved with going to Court, Wills should always be updated when life changing events occur. To seek to avoid these potential issues I would urge people to review their Will at least every five years and when a change to your individual circumstances takes place.”
To discuss the above further, or if you have any other queries regarding Wills, please contact Reiss Matthews or any of the other members of the Enoch Evans LLP Wills, Tax & Probate Team. If you wish to conduct a review of your affairs, our Wills, Tax and Probate team will be more than happy to assist you.