Tuesday 20 February 2018

Celine's family fight to protect her estate

Abigail Rieley

This week, the family of businesswoman and former model Celine Cawley will return to court. They are fighting to have the late Celine's husband, Eamonn Lillis, declared legally dead when it comes to his right to several properties, bank accounts and bonds he co-owned with his wife. They argue that all the assets the couple owned should pass directly to the couple's daughter, Georgia. Lillis is currently serving a six-year, 11-month prison sentence after his conviction in January 2010 for his wife's manslaughter.

This summer the High Court ruled that Georgia, who turned 18 last year, could be a party in the action in her own right. She had asked to be included because she objected to some things her father had claimed in documents filed with the court.

In November last year, Lillis filed papers arguing that the family home in Howth, as well as a rental apartment in nearby Sutton, should pass wholly to him. He argued that the property would pass to his daughter after his death as normal and that on his release he wanted to rebuild his relationship with her. In court documents he wrote: "I want to return to the family home as her parent not as a sort of tenant at will or a co-owner sharing a jointly owned property with her."

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