This is a case that should never have gone to court. It appears that no will existed, hence the law of intestacy applies to the estates. If wills had been in place and the estate of the first to die passed to his/her children, probably with a right to reside for the remaining spouse, then there would have been a happier outcome – and less spent on lawyers fees! The message is write a will if you want to guarantee your children benefit, especially on second marriages!
Make sure your family receive the inheritance they are due to not only write a will but talk to us about how to save on paying IHT!