- Harbans Kaur, 83, has won half of her late husband’s estate worth over £1m after he left it all to their two sons in his will
- Karnail Singh, who died in 2021, wanted to pass on his wealth solely down the male line and excluded his wife and four daughters
- A judge ruled that Singh did not make reasonable provision for his wife of 66 years
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A woman who was married for 66 years has won a court battle to get half of her late husband's estate, which he left entirely to their two sons.
Husband cuts wife from will
Singh wanted to pass on his wealth solely down the male line, according to his will, which he wrote in 2005.
The estate, which included a clothing business and several properties, was worth more than £1 million.
Kaur, who had worked in the family business and relied on state benefits of about £12,000 a year, claimed she was entitled to a fair share of the assets.
Justice Peel agreed with her and ruled that she should receive 50% of the estate's net value.
He said Singh had not made reasonable provision for his wife, who had played a full and equal role in the marriage and the business.
"It is hard to see how any other conclusion can be reached. After a marriage of 66 years, to which she made a full and equal contribution, and during which all the assets accrued, she is left with next to nothing."
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Heledd Wyn, a partner at the law firm Shakespeare Martineau, welcomed the judge's decision and said it was a warning to people who wanted to cut out their spouses from their wills.
" This decision is evidence that people cannot simply be cut out of wills, especially spouses which have contributed for a significant number of years. The court has been very clear on this matter and has ruled in the interest of fairness."
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