Will-writing highlighted in Fischer dispute

The importance of writing a will has been highlighted in a high-profile court case involving former US chess champion Bobby Fischer.

Having failed to make a will before his death, an Icelandic court ruled that his widow Miyoko Watai was his lawful wife and therefore entitled to his £1.97 million estate.

The ruling by the Reykjavik court followed a dispute over the legal status of the relationship she had with Fischer, brought by two of the chess champion's nephews.

However, fresh documentation supplied by Ms Watai was found to be sufficient to demonstrate that the marriage was a legitimate one.

Iceland's Supreme Court had already overturned a municipal ruling in 2009, claiming that definite proof of the marriage had not been supplied.

Earlier this month, savings group NS&I indicated that it is never too early to start thinking about making a will.

Over a third of the population with parents still alive do not know if their mother or father have a will or how they plan to distribute their estate, according to research by the financial services firm.


Published on: March 11, 2011

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