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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Brothers Lose Their Inheritance over Legal Bid to Keep Stepmother from Getting an Extra $30,000

Farmers sonsRichard and Jonathan Powell, two brothers, were recently slammed by a judge after blowing their entire inheritance in a hopeless bid to stop their stepmother from getting an extra $30,000 from their father’s will. Initially, the brothers claimed that their disabled father did not have the proper capacity when making his final will and granting his second wife $155,000. Further, they argued that an earlier will was his final and true will, which would have awarded their stepmother $125,000. At the final ruling, the judge blasted the brothers as unreasonable and forced them to pick up the final $250,000 legal bill, which wiped out their own inheritances of $75,000 each. The judge was appalled that the Powell brothers would fight such a frivolous claim driven by personal issues.

See Richard Spillett, Farmer’s Sons Lose Their ENTIRE £200,000 Inheritance from Father’s Will in Doomed Legal Bid to Stop Their Stepmother Getting an Extra £25,000, Daily Mail, March 17, 2017.

Special thanks to Jin Xu Spinhirne for bringing this article to my attention.  


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