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daughter cut out of will loses animal charities legal fight

image copyrightdominic lipinski/paimage caption heather ilott has been embroiled in a decade-long battle over the proceeds of her mother's estate three animal charities have won a case at the supreme court against a woman cut out of her mother's £500,000 will.heather ilott's mother melita jackson left most of her estate to charities but not a penny to her daughter when she died in 2004.mrs ilott was awarded £50,000 by a judge, which was tripled on appeal.the charities challenged the increase, saying people should be free to choose beneficiaries, and the court agreed she would receive only the original amount.mrs ilott, an only child, was rejected by her mother at the age of 17 after she left home in 1978 to live with her boyfriend, nicholas ilott, whom she later married.more on this and other news from hertfordshireshe and her mother never reconciled their differences, and when 70-year-old mrs jackson died in 2004, she left nothing for her daughter, but almost all of her £486,000 estate to the blue cross, the royal society for the protection of birds (rspb) and the royal society for the prevention of cruelty to animals (rspca).the court heard that mother-of-five mrs ilott, from great munden, hertfordshire, had no pension and was living on state benefits when she appealed over the will and was awarded £50,000 by a district judge in 2007.the sum was increased by the appeal court in 2015 - £140,000 to buy her housing association property, and another £20,000 str...