Animal charities dispute being cut out of updated will

Four animal charities are disputing a widower’s claim to his partner’s £340,000 estate.

Ms Leaning, who passed away in 2015, originally left her estate in full to four animal charities: Dogs Trust, World Animal Protection, Friends Of The Animals and Heart Research UK.

Her will was made in 2007 before she met her partner, Mr Guest, in 2008. She decided to change her will in 2014 to leave the full estate to Mr Guest, on the grounds that he cared for her three dogs.

The animal charities have now brought a claim against Mr Guest in the High Court, in which they will challenge the caveat placed on the first will and the validity of Ms Leaning’s later will.

This case comes not long after the much-publicised Ilott v Mitson ruling, which saw a daughter bring an unsuccessful appeal under the Inheritance Act 1975 against three charities.

A date for proceedings has not yet been confirmed, but we’ll keep you up to date and await the judgment from the High Court.

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