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Supreme Court brought in to rule on Will

The Supreme Court has ruled that even though a married couple’s Wills had been signed erroneously, they were still valid and should stand.Alfred and Maureen Rawlings had each made a Will in their lifetime with the intention of leaving their estate to each other and, on the death of the second one, to Terry Marley, whom they looked upon as their son. However, only after both Alfred and then Maureen died was it discovered that they had each signed their spouse’s Will instead of their own. As a result, the Wills were not valid and, under the laws of intestacy (dying without a valid Will), their two sons would inherit the estate between them and Terry Marley, who was no blood relation, would not be entitled to any inheritance.
Mr Marley pursued the matter through both the High Court and the Court of Appeal but was unsuccessful. He had to appeal to the Supreme Court before he was successful. Mr Marley won his case when the Supreme Court held that the Will should be rectified.
Mr Marley’s case demonstrates the lengths that some people have to go to just to win back their intended inheritance.
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