I asked Gemma Smith, one of our Commercial Litigation lawyers who deals with Contentious Probate cases to comment on this news story;

"Interesting article where the court has sensibly taken a sceptical view on a claim based on a ‘deathbed’ promise. The judge saw through the claim that Mrs Exler’s entire estate (nearly £1 million worth) had been left to one brother who it was found had a misplaced view that he was entitled to the estate, contrary to the rights of other family members."