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Contending probate

You might think that contesting the validity of a 'homemade' will which overrides a previous will and leaves the entire estate to a new and unknown beneficiary would be successful - you would be wrong

3 July 2015

Mr Butcher, 73, was found dead in his home by police on 5 May 2013, leaving an estate worth in the region of £472,295. Sadly, it is suspected that he died nearly two months before his body was discovered by police.

Mr Butcher was a bachelor and lived alone after his sister Yvonne, who died in 2002. She used to share her home with him.

His only surviving relative was a cousin, Joyce, who was last in touch with him in around December 2012.

The claimant, Mr Sharp, is a builder and met Mr Butcher around 2007. Mr Sharp carried out maintenance jobs for Mr Butcher without charge. They both enjoyed chatting and sharing stories, sometimes discussing Mr Sharp's son who boxed for England.

The defendant, Evelyn, was Yvonne's school-friend's daughter. The families were very close; Evelyn was Yvonne'...

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