The High Court heard a dispute between two step-sisters who asked the court to decide which of their parents died first. This unusual case concerns John and Anne Scarle who tragically died at home from hypothermia in October 2016 but were not found until around a week later. The couple had no children together, but both had children from previous relationships but only one could inherit the couple’s jointly owned property in Leigh on Sea.
The key issue the court has been asked to decide is which of Mr and Mrs Scarle died first.
Section 184 of the Law of Property Act 1925 says where two or more persons die and it is uncertain which of them survived the other, the younger is deemed to survive the elder.