In a recent High Court decision two daughters (Sarah and Catherine) have been awarded a share of their estranged father's multimillion-dollar estate.
The court found that Tim Harrison failed to provide for his two daughters in his will. Tim had left the whole of his four million-dollar estate to his partner of 38 years Nita Joseph.
Then Catherine decided to move back in with her mother at age 15. As a result, Tim wrote to her saying: “It was made quite clear to you at the time you left that your actions would severely affect us… As far as I am concerned, you made your bed, now you lie in it. I have no time for disloyal people, they do not get second chance ever.”
The Court found that Tim had “acted with little or no regard for the emotional or financial wellbeing of his daughters” during his lifetime and was in breach of his moral duty in failing to provide for them in his will.
Both daughters were awarded a 10 per cent share of his estate. Despite Tim making specific reference as to why he did not want his daughters having any share of his estate.
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