'Deathbed will' leaves family at war over €4.7m
Published 09/12/2011 | 05:00
THE three daughters of a businessman have lost a share of his £4m (€4.7m) fortune after his deathbed marriage to a former mistress left "a family at war with itself".
Victoria Wharton (55), Amanda Wharton (42) and Gina Fagin (51) lost their British High Court battle against their stepmother Maureen Wharton, who married their father three days before he died.
The women claimed Mrs Wharton (66) had used "undue influence" over George Wharton to alter his will in her favour after the couple had been together for 32 years.
But Mr Justice Norris rejected their case and said that Mr Wharton (78) had wanted to change his will in 2008 on the day he married Mrs Wharton.
The judge ruled: "The imminence of death undoubtedly caused Mr Wharton to reassess matters. That is why he intended to get married. I do not regard it as suspicious that a 'husband' should leave to his 'wife' of 32 years the entirety of his estate, even if he is a rich man." (© Daily Telegraph, London)