A carer who ‘guided the hand’ of a dying millionaire as he signed over almost half his £1million fortune to her family has been stripped of the windfall.
The former financier, of South Woodford, East London, had already made a will in 2008, dividing his estate between his immediate family and a close friend, and leaving nothing to Mrs Henderson.
But that was before the carer ‘took control of his life and excluded his siblings’ during the final year before he died, London’s High Court heard.
The ‘surprising’ deathbed will – dated May 9 2014, just two days before Marcel died aged 73 – left 40 per cent of his wealth to Mrs Henderson and her children.
But at the High Court judge Nigel Price has now ruled the will invalid and left the carer with nothing but £85,000 in legal costs.
A handwriting expert had concluded that the signature on the will was not Marcel’s.
And, given his condition, the dying millionaire lacked mental capacity when the document was signed, the judge ruled.