A financier’s widow who is battling her stepdaughter over his £18million estate has denied claims she ‘bullied and dominated’ her frail husband.
Richard Thornton died in 2013 leaving half his estate to his wife Susie.
The other half of the estate went into a trust for the rest of his family, including his three adult children and his grandchildren.
However, the daughter, Lucy Torrington has made an application to the High Court to have the will overturned to remove her step-mother as an executor of the will, with a ‘life interest’ in the half of the fortune she didn’t inherit.
She claims her step-mother ‘unduly influenced’ her father and that he did not ‘know or understand’ the contents of his will.
A tape recording of Susie saying of her step-daughters: ‘They’ve done nothing but cause you pain all their lives and they’ve made messes of their own lives’.
For Lucy, the will meant that she was ‘unlikely to receive his bounty until after Susie’s death’.
Lawyers for Susie argued that Mr Thornton’s mind was still sharp and clear at the time of making the will and the idea that he was ‘bullied’ into signing it by his wife was ‘fanciful’.
The High Court hearing continues.
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