Twins take fight over mother's £2million will to the High Court

Robert Simons contesting mother's £2million will in the High Court

Hilary Woolley

First published in Southend


WARRING twins are locked in a bitter court battle over their mother’s £2million estate.

Businessman Robert Andrew Simon claims his twin, Hilary Jane Woolley, manipulated their mother into changing will.

Constance Simon's first will left her flat in Overcliff Manor Road, Westcliff and shares in the family firm, Devon-based plastics company, R.W Simon Ltd, to 62-year-old Robert of Chigwell, Essex.

A will made in 2005, when Mrs Simons was 88, overturned that and resulted in the entire estate being divided equally between her children, Robert, Hilary and Jonathan, and a trust being set up for the family of her deceased son, David.

Robert Simon told a court hearing he believed his sister of Crossley Hill, Halifax, West Yorkshire had manipulated his dying brother into writing a letter criticising him and that this influenced his mother’s decision to change her will.

Mr Simon is now fighting his sister and surviving brother, Jonathan, 63, from Shoebury, at the High Court to reinstate the earlier will made by his mother who died in 2009.

His siblings hotly deny the accusations
 

The High Court hearing continues.

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9:14am Tue 5 Feb 13

supermadmax says...

They are a very chubby family.

Its a shame that they could not have reached agreement before court.
They are a very chubby family. Its a shame that they could not have reached agreement before court. supermadmax
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9:30am Tue 5 Feb 13

InTheKnowOk says...

If there is one thing i hate it's bickering over who gets what once a parent or loved one has died, it's shameful if you ask me.
If there is one thing i hate it's bickering over who gets what once a parent or loved one has died, it's shameful if you ask me. InTheKnowOk
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11:14am Tue 5 Feb 13

saddo99 says...

There is a very grey area regarding wills and there appears to be no central register thus a disgruntled sibling could destroy a later will and nobody would know.In this case I feel Mr Simons will struggle since both parties that would corroborate his appeal are deceased. Like supermadmax I feel sad that a family should end up fighting at a time when they should be consoling each other. It,s not like he didn't get anything. Equal shares seems fair and my late father,(god bless him) did just that!
There is a very grey area regarding wills and there appears to be no central register thus a disgruntled sibling could destroy a later will and nobody would know.In this case I feel Mr Simons will struggle since both parties that would corroborate his appeal are deceased. Like supermadmax I feel sad that a family should end up fighting at a time when they should be consoling each other. It,s not like he didn't get anything. Equal shares seems fair and my late father,(god bless him) did just that! saddo99
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12:04pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Cosmo Spring says...

In order to settle this once and for ll I'm willing to take the inheritance off their hands for a small fee
In order to settle this once and for ll I'm willing to take the inheritance off their hands for a small fee Cosmo Spring
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12:04pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Cosmo Spring says...

Cosmo Spring wrote:
In order to settle this once and for ll I'm willing to take the inheritance off their hands for a small fee
they'd only have to bung me a tenner each and I'll accept the two million.
[quote][p][bold]Cosmo Spring[/bold] wrote: In order to settle this once and for ll I'm willing to take the inheritance off their hands for a small fee[/p][/quote]they'd only have to bung me a tenner each and I'll accept the two million. Cosmo Spring
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12:39pm Tue 5 Feb 13

j-w says...

jarndyce vs jarndyce

only the solicitors will get rich!
jarndyce vs jarndyce only the solicitors will get rich! j-w
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10:09am Wed 6 Feb 13

Lynch says...

What a greedy little git! He can't even split it with his brother and sister. Disgusting little man!
What a greedy little git! He can't even split it with his brother and sister. Disgusting little man! Lynch
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2:36pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Ivanna Goodhump says...

Cosmo Spring wrote:
In order to settle this once and for ll I'm willing to take the inheritance off their hands for a small fee
Their legal teams will do that for them with their very large fees.
[quote][p][bold]Cosmo Spring[/bold] wrote: In order to settle this once and for ll I'm willing to take the inheritance off their hands for a small fee[/p][/quote]Their legal teams will do that for them with their very large fees. Ivanna Goodhump
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