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Kenyan court blocks extended inheritance

Publish date: 12 July 2019
Issue Number: 4738
Diary: Legalbrief Today
Category: Family

Children born more than nine months after the death of their mother's late husband are not entitled to inherit a share of the deceased’s property, Kenya’s High Court has ruled. Justice Lucy Gitari held that children cannot be regarded as dependants of the deceased’s estate because the deceased had not fathered them and was not maintaining them before his death. The Daily Nation reports that she was ruling on an inheritance dispute between Milka Wanjiku and her step-mother, Rose Wangechi. The relatives were fighting over the distribution of the estate of Wandimu Munyi who died in 1985. Wangechi wanted her three other children who were conceived after his death to be listed as beneficiaries of his estate which included a 22-acre property.

Full Daily Nation report