Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Rich Woman Leaves Estate To Her Neighbor

WillsBetty Harris, a wealthy woman from Sydney, Australia, decided to bequeath her entire estate worth $12.5 million to her neighbor, Beatrice Gray. Harris reportedly said that the reason she decided to leave her neighbor her estate was because she trusted her neighbor and because Gray would not expect this to happen. Harris mentioned that Gray would also purchase groceries for Harris and helped her with household chores. This decision, as you can imagine, did not go over well with her living niece. Harris claimed that her niece never visited her and even wanted to place her in a nursing home and that's why Harris wrote her out of the will. Harris reportedly said, "'I am determined that my relatives after what they have put me through will not get one cent.'" Gray recently won the legal battle against Harris' niece after Justice Richard White determined that Harris' 2005 will was valid.

See Rich, Lonely Woman Leaves $12.5 Million Estate to Neighbour After Death, Daily News & Analysis, Nov. 28, 2012.

Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.


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