Delusional Father Leaves Everything to Charity
Written on the 30 January 2015 by Adrian Corbould
Contesting a Will when everything has been left to charity...
2015 - Update
Following on from the previous article below, this case has now settled at the Supreme Court of South Australia.
Case Summary & Outcome
An interesting contested Wills case originating from South Australia is about to make its way into the Supreme Court. The case concerns a distraught daughter who will contest her father's estate. The father, who was 82 at the time of passing, left his entire estate to the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) research fund. The daughter claims he did this because he was delusional and not in the right state of mind at the time he had his Will drafted.
The daughter, who is the eldest of three children, will be facing off against the Health Services Charitable Gifts Board in the Supreme Court later in the year.
In the documents filed with the Court, the daughter claims:
If you are concerned or worried about a family member's future testamentary wishes, this case highlights the need to keep a detailed record of events that could, in the future, provide you with an historical background and context for a contested Wills claim. When keeping a record of events, it's important to note key dates, any involved parties (full names) and as much detail as possible about what occurred.
Author: Adrian Corbould
About: Adrian is an Accredited Specialist in Wills & Estates Law. He practises exclusively as a member of the Contested Wills & Estates team. For more than 10 years, Adrian has helped hundreds of clients, and his tenacity and experience make him one of the most sought after Will Contest Lawyers in New South Wales (NSW).Connect via: Twitter Google+ LinkedIn