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No inhertiance for man in double murder

Paul Chadwick, aged 35, had already received half of the money obtained from the sale of the property they jointly owned, but had also made a claim against her half of the property of £60,000 and an additional £20,000.
The basis of his claim was that he was ill when he killed his partner, Lisa Clay, and their son Joseph, and that she would want him to have the money. However, Mark Pelling QC, the judge presiding over the case gave his judgment in writing, dismissing his claim.
Chadwick argued that the forfeiture rule, whereby those who are convicted of murder or manslaughter should not inherit from their victims or profit from their crime, should be ignored because of exceptional circumstances, in this case, his illness. The Judge, Mark Pelling QC did not agree and rejected Chadwick’s claim, so that he would not receive anything from Miss Clay’s estate.Miss Clay’s family said they had only been able to get through the nine-month ordeal  and all the terrible memories they had to face, to ensure the principle that crime does not pay was preserved. Her aunt said that the family were now at peace, even though they had to spend their life savings defending the claim against Lisa’s estate.
If you need help and advice about a legal challenge to a Will or to claim against someone’s estate, you should seek specialist help from a probate solicitor. Call 01302 320621 or email info@athertongodfrey.co.uk

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