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Posted on 20 January 2020 by Charlotte Dullaway

Probate Fraud

Contentious probate specialist, Charlotte Dullaway, recently caught up on the latest documentary from the Catching a Killer team which explores the investigations following a chilling probate fraud.

Catching a Killer: A Diary From the Grave explores the tragedy surrounding the estate of Peter Farquhar, a novelist and former teacher. Mr Farquhar was befriended by Ben Fields, and their friendship led to a relationship. At the age of 69 Mr Farquhar died following a period of confusion and illness and left his estate to Mr Fields. Whilst the death was not considered suspicious initially, this changed when it was discovered that Mr Fields was also the beneficiary of Mr Farquhar’s neighbour’s Will when she had died a few months later. Doubts were raised by Mr Farquhar’s family and, following police investigations, it was discovered that he had been poisoned by Mr Fields who had also given him drugs to convince him that he was developing dementia. Mr Fields later confessed that the relationship had been a ploy to get Mr Farquhar to change his Will.

Whilst it is thankfully not common for people to go to such extremes to secure inheritance, it is not unheard of. Instances of Wills being challenged on the grounds of undue influence and fraud are on the rise as disappointed beneficiaries raise concerns about the motives and involvement of third parties involved in the lives of their loved ones.

Catching a Killer: A Diary From the Grave was shown on Channel 4 on 13 January 2020 and may still be available on catch up.

If you would like to discuss a Will challenge please contact Charlotte on 01823 446230 or via email to charlotte.dullaway@pardoes.co.uk.

Posted in: Wills, Dispute Resolution