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

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Two Men in Wexford Accused of Forging a Will

Images-1In 1998, Matthew Hayes died in Wexford on Christmas day. The Wexford circuit court is now hearing allegations that Noel Hayes and William O'Leary forged his will, which left his entire 162 acre estate and money to Noel Hayes.  

In 2009, Charlie O'Leary pleaded guilty to his part in the alleged forgery and he was the first witness in the trial of his brother William and Noel Hayes.  He said that Noel Hayes and William came to his office just before Christmas in 1998, telling him that a distant relation was close to death.  He also said that, on Christmas day, he decided to help his friend Noel write a false will. Charlie testified that Noel had a check with Matthew Hayes' signature on it and that Noel had been practicing that signature a lot.  He went on to admit to the court that he wrote out the will and backdated it, while Noel signed Matthew Hayes's name on it and he and William signed as witnesses. The case is still ongoing.

See Two Accused of 'Complete Deception' Over Man's Will, RTENews, Jan. 17, 2013. 

Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.)) for bringing this article to my attention.


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