Littlewoods Pools Empire and a Will Dispute

16th Jun 2021

In today’s Times there is an article referring to the distribution of the Will from a member of the family who started the Littlewoods pools empire.  The dispute relates to the £40 million estate of the late Patricia Moores.

Sadly, it took a High Court judge to decide how the estate should be distributed.  The dispute was created by an ambiguous statement in the Will.

Now we may not all have £40 million but it seems as a society we are more inclined to challenge a validly executed Will if we are unhappy with the content.  It can be distressing for all parties involved when a Will is challenged not to mention, expensive and time consuming.

So what can you do to prevent this happening?

In the first instance I would strongly suggest you consult a qualified Solicitor who specialises in dealing with this area of Law.  In some circumstances there is nothing you can do to prevent a challenge taking place.  However, by discussing your individual circumstances with an experienced professional we can do everything possible to ensure that your wishes are in as legally robust format as possible.

In some circumstances we recommend that a Solicitor and a Doctor act as witnesses to your Will.  I suppose you would call it a “belt and braces” approach and it really depends on your personal circumstances as to whether this is the best way forward.

A Will made with a qualified Solicitor is not necessarily as expensive as you may think.

The service includes:

Don’t leave it too late. We would strongly recommend ensuring you write a Will to provide for what happens after you’ve gone.  It may not be as expensive as you think and we will do our best to make the process as simple and easy as possible for you.

We are always here to help so please call Philippa, Luke, Grace or Philip on 0161 928 3848 or email mch@mchaleandco.co.uk.

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