There has recently been various news reports about Amy Winehouse’s ex-husband making a claim for maintenance and one million pounds as a lump sum from the estate of the singer who died in excess of eight years ago.
Amy Winehouse estate dispute
From a legal point of view, there are two interesting things about the limited information currently available.
The first is that the time period appears to be beyond the primary time periods for making a claim. As indicated in our previous Inheritance Disputes blogs, a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 must be made within six months of a grant of probate unless the Court gives permission.
The second interesting reported matter is that apparently the divorce was concluded and there was a settlement agreement entered into. You would be forgiven in such circumstances for assuming that that would be an absolute bar to the Claimant proceeding in this case. Apparently, the Claimant in that case had been advised by his legal team that the settlement agreement did not include a clause indicating that the £250,000 payment made to the Claimant was in the full and final settlement. If this is true, it would be extremely surprising.
Whilst there is limited information available about this case at this stage, it will be interesting to see how this case unfolds and more particularly what legal principles are applied in this case in respect of the matters set out above.
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