John Melville-Smith

What happens next when a will is ruled invalid?

The latest inheritance dispute to make the press is that of the second world war veteran and former Savoy waiter, and his cleaner. Mrs Da Costa was the main beneficiary of Mr Tickner’s 2014 will. However, the following year, in a nursing home days before his death from cancer at the age of 91, he transferred his house to his nephew, Mr Germain and executed a new will, instead leaving his estate to his estranged daughter.