Another fictional example of a will dispute was aired on Boxing Day - this time showing the extreme steps that people will go to in order to inherit under a will.
Much was made of the housekeeper in Agatha Christie's 'The Witness for the Prosecution' - who had been cut out of the earlier will. Whilst the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 wasn't around in the 1920s, it does now provide a remedy for anyone who might have been maintained by a deceased person and where no or limited provision has been made for that person in a will or an intestacy (where someone dies without a will).
It is typically spouses or children (such as Heather Illott, a case which recently went to the Supreme Court) who rely on the Act but potential applicants also include cohabitees and individuals maintained by the deceased. Anyone in the housekeeper's position really should take some legal advice!
French is found bludgeoned to death in her home shortly after Leonard Vole (Billy Howle), her latest lover, whom she has made sole beneficiary of her will, is – according to Janet – seen leaving the house.