Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

[Pounds Sterling]2m Will Is Valid, despite Mother's Dementia

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

[Pounds Sterling]2m Will Is Valid, despite Mother's Dementia

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Byline: Rashid Razaq

SIBLINGS fighting over their mother's [pounds sterling]2 million estate have been told that her will is valid even though she made it while suffering from dementia.

Constance Simon, who died aged 91 in January 2009, left a [pounds sterling]1.75 million house in St John's Wood and a flat in Westcliff-on-Sea in Essex valued at [pounds sterling]262,500.

She also left savings and shares worth [pounds sterling]55,000 and 16 shares in R W Simon Ltd, a manufacturing firm that was founded by her late husband.

In a will made in 1996, Mrs Simon left the Westcliff flat and her company shares solely to her son Robert, who is managing director of the family business.

Mrs Simon had lived with Robert and his wife at their home in Chigwell in Essex since about 2000 before the onset of her serious mental decline.

However, at her 88th birthday party -- which was not attended by Robert -- at her home in St John's Wood in December 2005, she made a new will that removed Robert's sole right to the flat and the shares in the family business. …

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