In an unprecedented case, two step-sisters have asked a judge to decide which of their parents died first, in a battle over inheritance. The deceased couple were both found dead together. However, one step-sister maintains that the condition of the deceased lady’s body suggests that she died first, which would mean that her father briefly inherited the estate, thought to be £300,000. The second step-sister insists that as the male deceased was ten years his wife’s senior, her mother inherited the estate, and hence she will be the beneficiary of the estate.
The case is being argued under the Law of Property Act 1925 and is the first of its kind since 1958.