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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Will Battle After Man Leaves Inheritance to Builder

Last will and testamentA builder was left £500,000 after refusing to take payment from a pensioner for cleaning out his gutters; but now, Daniel Bryan Sharp faces a bitter Court battle.

Sharp says he struck up a six-year friendship with Ronald Butcher after cleaning his gutters.  Yet, Butcher’s family and friends say Sharp is lying and the will is not indicative of Butcher’s last wishes.  Although Sharp was shocked to discover Butcher left him his fortune in a will drawn up two months before he died, the builder insists the document is valid and was made on his own free will. 

Butcher’s family wants the court to revoke the current will, and replace it with the previous one, which left his money to them.  While family members stipulate that Butcher was of sound mind when he wrote the will, the “odd” nature of the bequest ought to “excite suspicion” that Butcher did not fully comprehend or approve of its contents.

See Paul Cheston, Will Battle After North London Man Leaves £500k to Builder Who Cleaned His Gutters for Free, Apr. 29, 2015.


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