Remember A Charity welcomes the Supreme Court\u2019s decision today to overturn the Court of Appeal\u2019s 2015 decision on Melita Jackson\u2019s estate, in which the majority of the estate is allocated to three charities (Blue Cross, RSPB and RSPCA).\r\n\r\n\u201cWe respect a family\u2019s right to challenge or contest a decision, but welcome today\u2019s ruling and the clarity that it gives charities,\u201d says Rob Cope, Director of Remember A Charity.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe danger with a case like this is that it pitches family against charity, when in reality this is about ensuring a person\u2019s final wishes are met. We have a flexible Will system and that means it doesn\u2019t have to be a case of one versus the other. If someone chooses to leave a gift to charity in their Will, they should have the freedom to do that, always remembering that this can be supplementary to any gift to family and friends.\r\n\r\n\u201cBut this does underline the importance of ensuring that anyone\u2019s last wishes are set out clearly. The fact is that contested Wills are becoming more common, so it is important for charities to reduce the likelihood of a legal battle by encouraging supporters who want to leave a legacy to seek professional advice when writing a Will.\u201d\u00a0\r\n\r\nThis was the first time that the Supreme Court had been asked to consider the provisions of the Inheritance Act 1975. The decision closes a 13-year old case, following the death of Mrs Jackson in 2004.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n Source: Ministry of Justice, October 2015. 178 probate disputes were heard in the High Court in 2014, compared to 97 in 2013.