The extraordinary court battle between two stepsisters has finally been resolved by applying a 95 year old law. Mr & Mrs Scarle were both found dead in their bungalow in 2016, and consequently a dispute arose between the two stepsisters over the couple’s £300,000 assets.

The case was taken to the High Court and the judge ruled that the Law of Property Act 1925 be enforced. This meant that the whole estate passes to Mrs Scarle’s daughter as the Act of 1925 creates a ‘presumption’ that, as the elder of the  two, Mr Scarle died first.



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