Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Window Cleaner Bequeathed £300,000 by Customer Faces Jail for Failing to Hand Money Back To Her Family
Albert Pearce was left a small fortune, nearly £300,000, when 98-year-old Julie Spalding changed her will. After her death, her nephew, Cecil Bray, challenged the will and was successful in getting a court to order Pearce to return the money. Pearce initially claimed that he lost the money through extensive travel and gambling. He has also said the entire amount was confiscated when his car was impounded by High Court bailiffs, as he had hidden the money in the boot. The case has been adjourned until October to give Pearce time to seek legal counsel.
See Martin Evans, Window Cleaner Bequeathed £300,000 by Customer Faces Jail for Failing to Hand Money Back To Her Family, The Telegraph, August30, 2017.
Special thanks to Joel C. Dobris (Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.