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Griffiths v Williams [1977]

Facts

  • The claimant looked after the deceased (her mother) through periods of illness, following representations that she would be able to life in her mother’s house for the rest of her life
  • The mother revoked her will, and created a new one, leaving her house to another daughter

Issue

  • Was the mother estopped from denying the first daughter’s right to possession for life?

Decision

  • Yes

Reasoning

  • The first daughter would be granted a long lease over the house, to last for her life, with a non-assignment clause to prevent her from acquiring powers beyond her expectation
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