Friday, December 07, 2007

This I find really amusing

Two Chinese restaurant owners are to receive £10m from the estate of a widow after the High Court upheld her will.

Mrs Golda Bechel, from Mayfair, left the bulk of her estate to the owners of her local Chinese restaurant when she died, aged 88, in 2004. Despite legal wranglings by her grasping nephews and nieces, the judge threw the case out of the high court, saying that the old lady had been perfectly sound of mind when she wrote her will.

I have to admit to having something of a rabid hatred of people who contest wills. There would have to be obvious signs that the intentions of the deceased were being criminally subverted before I even contemplated it. But there is something about a nice fat inheritance that turns otherwise quite ordinary people into the most rapacious of greedy scumbags. I don't know the full story, having only seen what's been on the news, but I don't think I'm alone in picturing the nephews and nieces as a bunch of two-faced cock-weasels who ignored their rather dotty old aunt all through her lonely years after her son died tragically young. And then when she died, they all gathered around to pick at her corpse. I'd love to have been a fly on the wall at the reading of that will. And at the High Court yesterday, too.

The only sad thing is that it's taken more than three years to get it all sorted out. Only the lawyers really benefit from this kind of behaviour.


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