An Oxford professor has challenged his late mother’s Will after he believes that he was disinherited. Prof Christopher Gosden has launched legal action after he believes that he was entitled to his mother’s home worth £1.5million. Instead her home was given to her female partner. He said that she had ‘resolved’ to leave him her home and had set up a trust so that he would receive the property or the proceeds of its sale.
However, his mother Jean Weddell, changed her Will after forming a civil partnership. Subsequently the house was sold without his knowledge and just £5000 remained in her estate. Prof Gosden believes that the trust scheme that was set up to minimise inheritance tax should also have protected the house or the money from the sale, and delivered it to him and his wife.
The case will be heard later this year following a pre-trial review last week.