The Court of Appeal recently heard an appeal against an order under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 in favour of a wife. The deceased had made provision in his will for his second wife (22 years of marriage) to occupy the matrimonial home rent-free. However, the practical ability for her to occupy the property was in doubt as she was to be liable for “payment of outgoings, insurance, repair, decoration and other matters as the Property Trustees shall from time to time consider reasonable”. The deceased had made no further provision for his wife because, as he set out in a memorandum of wishes, “she had not been a loving and caring wife before and during my illness. She acts compulsively and repetitively and gives me verbal abuse and physical abuse”.