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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Family Discovers Forged Will

Last will and testament

The family of a man who died of cancer said he would be “turning in his grave” if he knew his partner had forged his will for her benefit. 

Terence Powell’s family feels “violated” by the fraud committed by the late man’s partner, Ingrid Lee and her ex-husband, Chris Lee.  Mr. Powell’s children say the forged will stripped them of their inheritance and did not reflect their father’s dying wishes.   The family is still unsure as to what has happened to the bulk of his estate, and have been told to “expect nothing.” 

Mr. Powell told his son Simon that he created a will in 2007 and that “everyone would be looked after.”  Yet, this will was never found.  When Mr. Powell passed, Lee had a piece of paper claiming it was her partner’s wishes.  Mr. Powell’s family became suspicious after they saw some of his possessions for sale on eBay.  A handwriting expert looked at the will, and ultimately determined it was not the handwriting of Mr. Powell. 

See James Connell, “Dad Would Be Turning in Grave” Over Forged Will, Malvern Gazette, Feb. 24, 2015.


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